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Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

Teasley Elementary Robotics Team Advances to State Competition

Teasley Elementary Robotics Team Advances to State Competition

SMYRNA, GA -- In its first year of competition, the Robot Warriors Robotics team at Teasley Elementary School in Smyrna is one of 16 teams advancing to the state finals.

The team finished at the top in the FIRST Lego League Super Regionals, which were held at Southern Polytechnic State University in December. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) challenges students in elementary and middle schools to compete in areas of robot design, programming, team collaboration and a research project presentation.

Teasley's team created a Lego biomedical device that would allow people who suffer from retinal detachment to see again.

Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

WASHINGTON, DC -- Georgia has the nation's 7th strongest charter school law, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' (NAPCS) second annual ranking of state charter school laws.

Minnesota's charter law ranked first, and Mississippi's newly enacted charter school law ranked last.

"Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws" analyzes the country's 41 state charter school laws. Each state's law is scored on how well it supports charter school quality and growth, based on the 20 essential components from the NAPCS' model charter school law.

"Georgia was passed by four states, dropping from number four to number seven. This drop had more to do with aggressive changes made in other states than with any steps backward in Georgia," said Todd Ziebarth, vice president, state advocacy and support of NAPCS.

Cobb County Schools Announce Make-Up Days

Cobb County Schools Announce Make-Up Days

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County has chosen two dates to make up the class time that was lost during last week's winter weather.

Wednesday, Feb. 2 (previously an early release day) and Friday, Mar. 18 (formerly a teacher workday) will now be full school days for Cobb students.

If inclement weather should force the district to cancel more classes, additional make-up days will be explored.

For more information, consult the Cobb County School District's calendars.

Author & Early Childhood Education Expert Launches 2nd Edition of National Preschool Curriculum

Author & Early Childhood Education Expert Launches 2nd Edition of National Preschool Curriculum

In July 2008, Author & Early Learning Expert, Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, known as Dr. Bisa, made good on her declaration to produce an affordable preschool curriculum that meets national standards. In January 2011, WINGS: The Ideal Curriculum for Children in Preschool, 2nd edition, will be available, along with five  sets of supporting materials for infants, toddlers, preschoolers/pre-k, family/group child care, and after-school programs. The updated WINGS Curriculum Parent Handbook includes new information on play and learning, along with more resources and forms to support home-learning.

Technology Expert’s Warning to Parents: Do You Know What Your Child is Doing Online?

Technology Expert’s Warning to Parents: Do You Know What Your Child is Doing Online?

TANKOH Launches Mommy & Me Computers

In today’s global and virtual world, the need for parents to have full control over their child’s online activity has become a high necessity as compared to previous decades. With children as young as three years of age being increasingly savvy with technology, parents need to protect their families from becoming a statistic of online predators.  According to reports, three in ten victims of online child predator cases appear to be aged 6 and under – with five percent apparently younger than two years of age which runs parallel to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) report, a division in charge of  closing illegal internet content. More than three quarters of these child victims are girls.

The Reason for the Season is at Vinings Jubilee

ATLANTA -- For the past 40 years, families have traveled from near and far for the annual Vinings Christmas Tree Lighting.

Always the first Thursday after Thanksgiving, this holiday celebration may be one of the most highly anticipated events of the community. This year, it will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Vinings Jubilee (4300 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, 30339).

The 2010 Christmas Tree Lighting promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a number of fun family activities, including train rides on the Vinings Express, pony rides, balloon twisting and seasonal face painting, along with prizes, festive music, food and drinks.

The cast of the Holiday Ice Spectacular, Atlanta's newest holiday revue debuting Thursday, Dec.