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Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Teen charged with making threat against Northgate HS

Teen charged with making threat against Northgate HS

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- A 17-year-old Coweta County resident was arrested for making a threat against Northgate High School.

Brandon Dale Hammond was charged with terroristic threats and disruption of public schools.

The threat was made Wednesday morning. Hammond was taken into custody that same evening.

Coweta County Sheriff's Capt. John G. Lewis said investigators believe the motive revolved around an "administrative incident" that occurred at the school shortly before the threat was made.

Students were evacuated to a nearby church while police searched the school building. No explosive devices were found.

AP exam participation: Coweta County

AP exam participation: Coweta County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Coweta County, 1,180 students took 1,737 AP exams in 2014, and 1,040 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Coweta County public high school:

East Coweta HS
475 students took 722 exams
419 passing scores

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When Khorkie Tyus’ mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior responded by helping her mom at home and spreading “warm love” to others.

Working with an oncology nurse, Khorkie developed an idea for special Warm Love kits for chemotherapy patients.

“I noticed there were people who went to chemo by themselves, and I thought some goodie bags would show them someone cared for them,” explained the 16 year old.

Many patients are sensitive to aluminum, for example, so Khorkie includes aluminum-free deodorant and toothpaste. Chemo patients also tend to get chilly when being infused so Khorkie packs hats, scarves, socks, and blankets. (In fact, cozy blankets were how the project got its name.)

Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen

Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen

NEWNAN, Ga. (WXIA) -- The Northgate High School community recently reminded us all that teenagers don't always deserve the image they sometimes get as totally self-involved.

Last Friday, the student body chose two special needs students, Jessica Martindale and Anie Nevov as Homecoming King and Queen.

"One of the first times I've seen Northgate pull together as a whole and do something amazing," said Olivia Laaker, a senior.

Thao Nguyen initially spearheaded the idea to honor the pair by getting them on the Homecoming Court, but then a groundswell of support throughout the school.

Thao wanted it "in order to make it my best year, I wanted to make it someone else's best year, best senior year."

"At the pep rally I literally cried four times and at the game I cried because this is so amazing," Greta Taylor, who has known Anie since elementary school. "I love them so much and I was so happy for them."

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

(WXIA) -- For the second year in a row, Delta Community Credit Union will sponsor the brass | Media Student Program, which brings financial literacy skills to classrooms across metro Atlanta.

Teachers can register for the program at studentprogram.com. Atlanta-based Delta Community's partnership with the Student Program has helped it reach more than 200,000 students in 159 schools.

One local educator -- Michael Young, a Career & Technical Education teacher at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County -- was the 3,000th teacher nationwide to sign up for the program. He said it has strengthened his students' understanding of money and possible career paths, and has helped them prepare for college.