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Fulton County Schools see graduation rates on steady rise

Fulton County Schools see graduation rates on steady rise

FULTON COUNTY -- In 2012-2013 school year, the Fulton County School System saw an increase in graduation rates, continued from a 2011 rise. 

In 2011, seniors had a 70.1 percent graduation rate, followed by 71.3 percent for 2013, a spokeswoman for Fulton County Schools reported. Throughout the schools, nine saw the rise in rates. Roswell High School was among the top with a 12-point jump. 

"It's great that 71 percent of our students are successfully finishing high school, but that also means more than a quarter of our students are being left behind," Superintendent Robert Avossa said. "One of our strategic focuses is to increase graduation rates to 90 percent by 2017."

Avossa pointed out that support from parents and the community are key helpers to achieve Fulton County's graduation goal. 

Fulton Co. Schools makes changes to Continuous Achievement framework

Fulton Co. Schools makes changes to Continuous Achievement framework

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System is altering the framework of the Continuous Achievement model, which plays a role in how math and reading material is delivered to students. 

By using Continuous Achievement, students can learn at a level that suits them, allowing for further academic acceleration and achievement. 

The model, according to a spokeswoman for FCS, is ranked for academic placement, and reported twice per semester, starting at 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 as levels move up. That level will also be included in report cards and progress checklists. 

"This is exciting for Fulton County Schools. By promoting innovation, Continuous Achievement is consistent with our vision as a charter system," Superintendent Robert Avossa said. "It really gets to what we're about - customizing students' learning experiences so they can learn to their full potential." 

Fulton County school breakfast programs help kids eat healthy

Fulton County school breakfast programs help kids eat healthy

FULTON COUNTY -- The American Association of School Administration has awarded a grant to Fulton County Schools, in which the funds will help kids eat healthy breakfasts before their school days begin. 

"Breakfast in the Classroom" will be implemented in Mimosa Elementary and Woodland Elementary. By having the program in those schools, students will be provided with a low-cost bagged breakfast from the cafeteria. They can then eat the breakfast in their classrooms before school starts.

Six middle schools will offer "Grab-n-Go' breakfasts along with four high schools. Those schools include Holcomb Bridge, McNair, Paul D. West, Ridgeview, Sandtown and Woodland Middle, along with Creekside, McClarin, Tri-Cities and Westlake High. Similar to "Breakfast in the Classroom," the "Grab-n-Go" program allows students to take a bagged breakfast from the cafeteria and portable kiosks in the school.. They can eat the meals before school.

School is (almost!) out in Fulton County

School is (almost!) out in Fulton County

ATLANTA -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Fulton County Schools, the last day is Thursday, May 23.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Open Enrollment ends May 15

Open Enrollment ends May 15

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 20 Fulton County public schools will accept transfer students for the 2013-14 school year.

These so-called Open Enrollment schools accept students from outside the assigned area, space permitting.

Applications for the Open Enrollment schools will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Parents will be notified of their children's status in June.

Download an Open Enrollment Application

The county's Open Enrollment Schools include:

* Birmingham Falls, Milton
* Conley Hills, East Point
* Findley Oaks, Johns Creek
* Hapeville
* S.L. Lewis, Atlanta
* Medlock Bridge, Johns Creek
* Love T. Nolan, Atlanta
* Renaissance, Fairburn
* Shakerag, Johns Creek
* Sweet Apple, Roswell

"Fore" Kids Golf Classic to benefit Fulton students, teachers

"Fore" Kids Golf Classic to benefit Fulton students, teachers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The 18th annual Fulton Education Foundation "Fore" Kids Golf Classic is being held on May 14 in Alpharetta at the Golf Club of Georgia. 

A spokeswoman for Fulton County Schools reported that the tournament will benefit students and staff of Fulton County schools, while Fulton County school leaders, school board members, business professionals and others from the community will attend. 

There will be one caddy for every four players. All golfers should check in at 9:30 that morning, and be ready to begin at 11:00. At 4:00 p.m., awards will be given out along with a silent auction. 

To register, individuals may play for $400, and teams of four will pay $1,750. Sponsors are still needed. 

Georgia Power honors local schools for efficient energy use

Georgia Power honors local schools for efficient energy use

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County schools have received an honor from Georgia Power for their efficient use of energy.

The school system was given money from Georgia Power to install efficient energy equipment in two new high schools in the area. This year, Fulton County schools also took two major awards: the U.S. Green Building Council's Georgia Chapter was recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency for a School System, and the Leadership in Water Efficiency. 

 A spokeswoman for the Fulton County School System said part of receiving the honor is to maintain a high Energy Star rating. Fulton County averages a score of 87, and 57 of their 58 schools are Energy Star certified.