Campbell's Schult Chosen School Counselor of Year

Cobb school district officials would still like to hear additional input from parents concerning the fourth south Cobb elementary school redistricting map that was released in late December.

The Cobb School Counselor Association has selected Nathan Schult of as School Counselor of the Year for 2011. 

Each year, the organization selects recipients from three levels - elementary, middle, and high school. 

The Cobb School Counselor Association includes professionals in elementary, middle, and high schools, the Marietta school system, private schools, and colleges in Cobb County. 

The purposes of the Cobb School Counselor Association include providing extensive student/school support services, offering professional advancement opportunities, cooperating with other human service professionals, and developing community relationships.


The Cobb County School Board is set Wednesday for a called 5 p.m. meeting with the intent to select its chair and vice chair.

By doing such, the newly elect chairs will be able to meet with superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa this week in order to make preparations for the Jan. 18 work session. The Board will later have its monthly meeting on Jan. 26.

Outgoing Chairwoman Alison Bartlett and Vice-Chairman Scott Sweeney were both unanimously selected last year in a much-discussed called meeting that was not attended by board members Lynnda Eagle, David Banks and David Morgan.

Wednesday’s meeting was approved in November by a 5-2 vote with Eagle and Banks dissenting. Prior to last year, the chair and vice chair were voted on and elected during the first work session of the new year.


School district officials would still like to hear additional input from parents concerning the fourth south Cobb elementary school redistricting map that it released in late December.

As it stands now, no more public forums will be scheduled, but there will be a pair of opportunities for residents to voice their opinion before the Cobb school board. The first will be at the Jan. 26 regular meeting and then later at a February night meeting on a not-yet-scheduled date.

Parents can submit comments on CCSD's public commenting wall or by emailing redistricting@cobbk12.org.

Also, the next informational meeting for the Smyrna Academy of Excellence will be Thursday night at 6 at . The next board meeting will be Thursday, Jan 19 at 3095 Dunton Street. Patch will soon have updates to both this planned new charter school and the elementary school redistricting process.


For a third straight year, The Lovett School is bringing back ‘Big Picture Parenting.' Dr. Mark Crawford and Tommy Newberry will help attendees explore how to raise healthy, responsible, and high-character kids Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater.

Admission to Big Picture Parenting is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Last March, more than 300 parents and alumni attended this event.

So what is a Big Picture Parent? It's a parent who asks, and answers, these types of questions:

  • What is the goal of my parenting?
  • What do I want to make sure I teach, experience, or share with my kids before graduation?
  • What do I really, really want for my kids?
  • Am I willing to be “unpopular” with my kids and other parents to stick with our family’s values?

To RSVP, call (404) 262-3032, ext. 1717, or email bigpicturersvp@lovett.org. Please leave your name and the number in your party with your response. Light refreshments will be served from 6 - 6:30 pm.

Big Picture Parenting is sponsored by The Lovett School and the Jack and Anne Glenn Character Education Speakers Series Fund. More information can be fund here and see here for a short video offering a sneak peek of the topics that will be discussed during Big Picture Parenting event.


St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School is hosting an Elementary School Open House on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. This will afford parents and students an opportunity to visit the school in an informal setting, with time allotted to visit classrooms, meet faculty and staff, and tour the school. No RSVP is necessary.

The Smyrna school currently enrolls 243 students age 2 years old through 4th grade, with 95 of those students in preschool. According to Director of Admissions Anne Shamanski, the school intends to expand to 5th grade for the 2012-2013 school year, and is currently working on a strategic and business plan to possibly expand further. 

The school also was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $905 from the Keep Cobb Beautiful Dig 'N The Dirt Program for its learning garden. There soon there will be a sunny spot at St. Benedict's for students to learn first hand about planting, nurturing, and harvesting plants.

From to the school’s website: “This program will enrich our goal to teach students to be good stewards of the planet. We are thankful for the hard work of St. B’s parents Stephanie Busch and Heather Ford who applied for this grant and earned this wonderful opportunity for our school and our students!”

For more info, see here or call 678-279-4300, Ext. 7021.


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