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County chooses 2013 STAR Student

County chooses 2013 STAR Student

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- And the winner is ...

Henry County Schools has chosen Union Grove High School senior Anthony Ciccarello as its 2013 STAR Student.

Ciccarello was selected from among all the school-level STAR Students in the county. He earned a near-perfect SAT score and plans to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado in the fall.

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All of the honorees and their STAR Teachers were recognized at a reception at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge last week.

A school's STAR Student is a senior who earns an exceptionally high SAT score and ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her class. Each STAR Student selects an educator who inspires and mentors him or her to be a STAR Teacher.

Work-Based Learning honors Chick-fil-A employee

Work-Based Learning honors Chick-fil-A employee

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. -- A Luella High School senior is February's Student of the Month for Henry County Schools' Work-Based Learning program.

Natalie Belga works at Chick-fil-A, just like January's Work-Based Learning Student of the Month, Kady Spivey.

"Natalie is a self-starter and is self-motivated," Tracy Fleming, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A at Lovejoy Station, which employs the teen, said in a statement. "She has a great work ethic."

Flippen ES students hold STEM celebration

Flippen ES students hold STEM celebration

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- The first graders at Flippen Elementary School in McDonough recently learned just how much fun they can have while learning about science.

The Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers brought a STEM program to Flippen on Feb. 15. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math; the program encourages children to pursue studies and, eventually, careers in these fields.

Flippen students participated in 10 interactive experiments that use STEM principles. The GYSTC's program allowed children to use their senses and to play with light, sound and magnets to complete the experiments.

Another GYSTC STEM program will come to the school in the spring. The second program will be geared toward students in fifth grade.

Ga. Connections Academy holding information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy will open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year on Mar. 4.

The fully accredited virtual school will also host several information sessions across Georgia to give potential students and parents a taste of what it offers.

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"The good news is that we have 1,000 additional student slots, scattered across all grades, which will be open for the coming academic year," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "Nevertheless, due to the fact we have a waiting list as we open enrollment, we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Information sessions will take place:

Monday, Mar. 4
Douglasville Conference Center
6701 Church Street
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Henry County Schools to honor STAR Students

Henry County Schools to honor STAR Students

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Henry County Schools has named its STAR Students and Teachers for the 2012-13 school year.

A school's STAR Student is a senior who earns an exceptionally high SAT score and ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her class. Each STAR Student selects an educator who inspires and mentors him or her to be a STAR Teacher.

Henry County's STAR Students and Teachers will be honored at a special breakfast at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge on Feb. 28. The systemwide STAR Student will also be named at the event; that person and his or her STAR Teacher will go on to represent Henry County in a regional STAR competition.

This year's STAR Students and Teachers are:

Dutchtown HS
Student: Ammad Ashraf
Teacher: Danielle Boyum, social studies

Eagle's Landing HS
Student: Charles Campbell
Teacher: Julie Harrison, math

Union Grove HS among 2012 AP Merit Schools

Union Grove HS among 2012 AP Merit Schools

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Union Grove High School is among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

"Georgia's students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams," State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These results show that Georgia's students can compete against any students in the nation."

Holocaust survivor to speak at Henry County MS

Holocaust survivor to speak at Henry County MS

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Eighth grade students at Henry County Middle School have been studying various aspects of World War II this year.

First, the children learned all about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American pilots who fought in the war.

Now, the curriculum has shifted to the Holocaust. To cap off the lesson in one of the most difficult periods in history, Henry County Middle administrators have invited an Auschwitz survivor to speak to students about her experience.

Helen Weingarten will address the school community at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25. The public is invited to attend; tickets are $10 each, but seating is limited to 250 people, so those who are interested are encouraged to sign up soon.

Attendees will also be treated to a dinner theater production of And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, performed by Roswell's Georgia Ensemble Theatre.