Thursday, October 4, 2012
Georgia House Representatives Rich Golick and Stacey Evans will join Smyrna Councilwoman Melleny Pritchett at Thursday's informative Education Roundtable.
Tonight's Education Roundtable event starts at 6 with refreshments and a free movie in the Council Chambers at the Smyrna City Hall located at 2800 King Street. A panel discussion on HR 1162, the charter school amendment on November's ballot, will start at 7 p.m. The event is co-hosted by Smyrna Councilwoman Melleny Pritchett and The Brighter Georgia Education Coalition. Georgia House District 34 Representative Rick Golick and Disctrict 40 Representative Stacey Evans are expected to join the panel discussion.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Some members of the Smyrna Rotary Club discussed what they feel are misconceptions about the city and offered suggestions for how to correct them.
Does Smyrna need an image makeover? Some Smyrna Rotary Club members think so. At their meeting Tuesday the conversation turned toward outsiders’ perceptions of the city and what its residents can do to make it better. A Mistaken Identity Suzanne Pruitt, the Smyrna Rotary Club program chair, moved to Smyrna several years ago from Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood. She said her friends were shocked when she told them she was moving to Smyrna and some didn’t know where it was. “People don’t know about Smyrna,” she said. “Smyrna is the closest suburb to the city. I think it suffers from a huge perception problem and I don’t know where that’s come from over the years, but people have this preconceived notion about Smyrna that’s not true. It’s a…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
State's Race to the Top Innovation Fund program grants Smyrna planned charter school $50,000 in yet another sign of support for the school that's targeting a July 2013 opening.
It continues to look as if Smyrna will soon have a new STEM charter school option, backed by organizations such as Lockheed Martin Corp., and local colleges, along with several local political and community leaders and technology professionals. STEM charter schools have a curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal’s office announced that an organization backing the Smyrna Academy of Excellence was among 11 winners of grants in the second round of the Race to the Top Innovation Fund program, a $19.4 million competitive grant program. The Smyrna Educational Alliance has partnered with Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and Lockheed Martin Corp. to create the Smyrna Academy of …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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 Campbell High School 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. …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Having spent the last five years at the Smyrna elementary school, the lifelong Cobb resident was honored by the American School Counselor Association during a surprise assembly Thursday morning at the school.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Nicole Pfleger, professional school counselor at Nickajack Elementary School, has been named the top counselor in the United States by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Pfleger is one of more than 400 applicants nationwide that competed for the award, which honors school counselors who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of their students, parents, and communities. ASCA president Alan Burkhard and CCSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa presented Nicole with the award during a surprise assembly Thursday morning in the school auditorium with her family, fellow staff and the Nickajack student body. Board of Education member Tim Stultz and members of the District’s leadership team were also on hand for the …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
School Board Chairwoman Alison Bartlett to host town hall meeting tonight; Russell Elementary set to celebrate its 50th birthday; National Costume Swap Day event and much more.
Cobb School Board of Education Chairwoman Alison Bartlett is set to host a town hall meeting tonight at Osborne High from 6-8 p.m. The school is located at 2451 Favor Road. Bartlett’s Post 7 includes Green Acres, Russell and Norton Park elementary schools. _______ Staying on the subject of Russell, all are invited to help the school celebrate its 50th birthday on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be music, games, bounce houses, food and much more. There will be an alumni room where guests can mingle with teachers and students, plus self-guided tours of the school where an exhibit on the history of Russell can be viewed. The school also has a brand new kickball field and there will be games at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. And don’t miss out on …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
District officials are putting the finishing touches on three redistricting plans created over the summer.
Smyrna-Vinings and South Cobb parents will soon be able to choose between three options for school redistricting in their area. The redistricting process continues as the district prepares to open three replacement elementary schools, Mableton and Clarkdale elementary schools to open in fall 2012 and a Smyrna elementary school to be completed a year later. Ultimately, the redistricting plan will affect 27 elementary schools and will most likely include school closings. Doug Shepard, chief SPLOST administrative officer for the Cobb County School District, said the maps are undergoing “last-minute refinements,” and will be likely be unveiled within the next two weeks. Over the summer, various people–including school board members David …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
New elementary school will now be LEED certified. Next meeting on other school changes comes in October; area redistricting meeting later this month.
Green initiatives appear to be taking root in Smyrna as the Cobb County School District recently announced that the city’s new elementary school will be LEED certified thanks to a new program at Southern Polytechnic State University. SPSU’s recently launched International Knowledge Resource Center for Green Building partnered with Cobb County School District to defray the cost of LEED certification for the new Smyrna elementary school. Doug Shepherd, Cobb County School’s chief administrator for SPLOST projects, said that the school was originally going to be built to green standards, but not officially certified through the U.S. Green Building Council because of cost. “I’m really pleased that we can partner with Southern Poly and really …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Our weekly Sunday look at school happenings around Smyrna and Vinings for the coming week. Plus a roundup of last week's Cobb School Board meeting.
International Academy of Smyrna is asking local merchants to donate gift certificates and other items for use as prizes for the school’s Fun Run, Saturday, Sept. 9. The school is also seeking cases of bottled water to pass out to the runners. Norton Park Elementary School students should start practicing their best smiles now. School pictures are Thursday, Sept. 1. Tuesday, Aug. 30, is School Night for Scouting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Teasley Elementary School in the cafeteria. Friday, Sept. 2, is College Kick-Off Spirit Day at Griffin Middle School. Students and teachers are encouraged to wear their favorite team’s jerseys or colors. Thursday, Sept. 1, is Campbell Middle School PTSA Skate Night at Sparkles Roller Rink from 6 p.m. …
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Here's what's happening in some of the area's schools this week.
Argyle Elementary School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and wants to hear from its former students and teachers. Any past Argyle Scotties are invited to contact Assistant Principal Ashley Mize at Ashley.Mize@cobbk12.org to participate in this year's celebratory events. Brown Elementary School is holding its annual picnic at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Tolleson Park. Parents, teachers and students are invited to attend. King Springs Elementary School will hold its PTA board meeting Thursday, Aug. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Russell Elementary School's PTA is hosting a parent social with games and activities in the Russell Cafe, Thursday, Aug. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. While the parents are getting to know each other, …