Our network

Schools

2 Flippen ES students honored for writing

2 Flippen ES students honored for writing

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Two students at Flippen Elementary School in McDonough were recently honored for their writing during the week-long Henry County Literacy Days celebration.

PHOTOS | Flippen ES receives $1,000 from 11Alive

Fourth-grader Alexandra Sapp placed second in the county-wide poetry recitation contest.

Heru Kamau, a second-grader, won first prize in the essay competition. He will represent his county and school at the Griffin RESA Literacy Days Celebration in February.

Clayton State students offering free dental services

Clayton State students offering free dental services

MORROW, Ga. -- Dental hygiene students at Clayton State University are hosting a service day where they will provide free oral health screenings and X-rays for the community.

The services will be offered Tuesday, Jan. 22 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Clayton State Dental Hygiene Clinic in the university's student center.

"Unfortunately, many in our community have experienced poor oral hygiene due to a number of reasons such as lack of dental insurance and low income," dental hygiene professor Dr. Gail Barnes said in a statement. "Students and patients provide mutually beneficial services that last long after the appointment is over."

Last year's free clinic served 14 new patients.

To make an appointment for a screening or X-ray on Jan. 22, call 678-466-4920.

Fun leads to serious music under teacher's direction

Fun leads to serious music under teacher's direction

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A middle school orchestra class is a chance to learn the beauty of string instruments, produce wonderful music and perform lovely symphonies.

It sounds serious, right? Not when Carl Reike is the teacher.

In Reike's orchestra classes at Ola Middle School, playing an instrument is fun.

For instance, during practice he make students smile or laugh by using props, or shooting puffs of air using an air cannon.

He also has a what he calls a "magic" word.

"Whenever I said any form or articulation or articulate or articulate, the kids would have to scream," Reike said.

It's all to get them to pay attention and focus.

Reike is the reason Travis Lorenz has become good enough on bass for an All-State tryout.

Officials break ground for new college

Officials break ground for new college

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Southern Crescent Technical College is scheduled to break ground Thursday on the first building of a proposed eight-building campus in McDonough.

School officials Wednesday said the development has been a major priority for Henry County leaders and has progressed with the help of the local chamber of commerce.

McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland is expected to join representatives from Southern Crescent, the Technical College System of Georgia and Henry County government officials at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning.

Southern Crescent Technical College, which was established in 2010, is a two-year college with campuses in Thomaston and Griffin, and education centers in Jackson, Monticello and Butler. The school has a student body of over 6,500.

Henry County HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning Program

Henry County HS senior honored by Work-Based Learning Program

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Jordan McDuffie has been named the Henry County Work-Based Learning Program's Student of the Month for December.

McDuffie is a senior at Henry County High School in McDonough. He works as a cashier and bagger at the Publix at Paradise Pointe at Lake Dow.

He is proud of his job. "It has taught me how to deal with a busy schedule and discipline myself," he said.

RELATED | Teen bank teller named Work-Based Learning honoree

In addition to working at Publix, McDuffie maintains an A average and runs varsity track. He hopes to go to college and study forensic anthropology.

His supervisors are impressed with his work ethic.

"Jordan makes sure our customers leave satisfied and he exemplifies the Publix spirit," Publix employee Jennifer Nash said.

Hampton ES teacher honored by Falcons

Hampton ES teacher honored by Falcons

HAMPTON, Ga. -- A dedicated physical education teacher from Henry County has been recognized by the Atlanta Falcons for her hard work promoting a healthy lifestyle to her students.

Merry Watkins is the Falcons' 2011-12 First Down for Fitness Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Hampton Elementary School.

"Merry genuinely cares for her students, and it shows every day," Hampton Elementary principal Dr. Debra Collins said in a statement. "She is truly a one-of-a-kind educator with a heart for children and a passion for their well-being."

Watkins emphasizes physical fitness in her classes, but she also focuses on cooperation and community, fostering positive relationships among her students.

96% of Henry students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

96% of Henry students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Ninety-six percent of high school juniors and seniors in Henry County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Henry's 96 percent is much higher than Georgia's 93 percent, up from 91 percent in 2011 and 88 percent in 2007, when the more rigorous test was rolled out.

Students must pass the annual writing assessment to receive a high school diploma. A perfect score is 350; a student must earn at least 200 points to pass. They may take the test multiple times during their junior and senior years.

A breakdown for each Henry County high school is as follows:

Dutchtown HS
324 students took the test
96.6 percent passed the test

Eagle's Landing HS
267 students took the test
97.4 percent passed the test

Henry County HS
203 students took the test
93.6 percent passed the test