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Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

ATLANTA -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has selected 50 students from across Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

More than 700 teens applied to join this year's council, which was formed to give young people a voice in how their classrooms are organized.

"Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable," Barge said in a statement. "The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues."

The council will meet three times this school year to discuss how state policies have an impact in their classrooms. They will also serve as the superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.

A number of the Student Advisory Council members are from metro Atlanta, including:

Woodstock ES receives grant from Target

Woodstock ES receives grant from Target

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Woodstock Elementary School has received a big grant from Target.

The company gave $793.62 to the school to spend on technology resources.

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"The students at Woodstock Elementary School are fortunate to have two computer lab teachers to integrate technology and state educational standards," principal Kim Montalbano said.

Montalbano added the school will use the money to buy a schoolwide license to More.Starfall, a program that uses games to teach math and reading skills.

PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

CANTON, Ga. -- The PROBE College Fair will stop in Cherokee County later this month.

The fair, which features representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country, will be at Cherokee High School on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn more about the PROBE College Fair.

Cherokee High is located at 930 Marietta Highway in Canton. The fair will be held in the school's gym.

19 Cherokee schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

19 Cherokee schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Nineteen elementary, middle and high schools in Cherokee County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze. Last year, 16 Cherokee schools were honored.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

This year's Cherokee County SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Cherokee schools eliminate 'critical overcrowding'

Cherokee schools eliminate 'critical overcrowding'

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- For the first time in 15 years, none of Cherokee County's public schools are "critically overcrowded."

The school district announced this milestone in a memo released Tuesday afternoon.

"This achievement is a reflection of the school district's long-standing successful policies governing student enrollment growth forecasts and planning school construction projects to accommodate growth and is a tribute to the leadership and foresight of the school board," superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo said in the memo.

A critically overcrowded school is one that exceeds 140 percent of its enrollment capacity. Such schools also use portable classrooms and meet other, similar criteria.

Cherokee County began battling critical overcrowding with SPLOST dollars in 2001. It continues to use the money for much-needed construction projects throughout the district, according to the memo.

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)

Etowah HS Elite Chorus sings at Braves game

Etowah HS Elite Chorus sings at Braves game

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Etowah High School Elite Chorus hit a high note earlier this month when it performed the national anthem at an Atlanta Braves game.

"They did an awesome job, so good that they were asked back for next season," Keith Ball, principal of the Woodstock school, said in a statement.

It was the first time an Etowah High performance group was invited to perform at Turner Field.

The Elite Chorus will travel to Italy next summer to perform at the Vatican and other venues.