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3 Coweta schools among Ga. Reward Schools

3 Coweta schools among Ga. Reward Schools

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Three Coweta County elementary and middle schools are among this year's Georgia Department of Education Reward Schools.

Reward Schools are the Georgia schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I want to take what's working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians."

Arnall and Evans middle schools and Jefferson Parkway Elementary School made the list of High Progress Schools. These schools are among the top 10% of Title I schools in Georgia, meaning that they are making the most progress to improve student performance on statewide assessments like the CRCT.

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

ATLANTA -- If you're confused about Amendment One on this year's general election ballot, you're not alone.

Wednesday we asked some early voters in Cobb County what they thought of the wording, which asks:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

"It was a bit confusing," said voter Brett Atkinson.

Voter Larshaun Williams said she would not have understood it without doing a lot of homework first.

"Definitely," she told 11 Alive, "I would not have known which direction to go."

Even more confusing to some is the wording of the preamble, just before the actual amendment question:

"Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."

There's now a lawsuit claiming that preamble wording is misleading in favor of the amendment.

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

PHOTOS | Dr. Barge visits Woodstock schools

More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

Class Notes: Students walk; Teacher becomes priest

Class Notes: Students walk; Teacher becomes priest

ATLANTA -- 11Alive's Class Notes looks at two major events this weekend -- students walking to raise money for diabetes research and a former teacher who will become a Roman Catholic Priest.

Students at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School step out to help a disease that hits close to home with many of their peers.

"I wasn't feeling too well and they ran a few tests and that was the first time that I found out I had diabetes," said Andrew, a senior at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. "I have type 1 diabetes."

Andrew and five other students, all in different grade levels, share the stories of how they first learned they had juvenile diabetes in a video to promote involvement in the Walk For A Cure sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

RELATED | Watch the full JDRF video

Atlanta Opera's 'Stone Soup' coming to The Centre

Atlanta Opera's 'Stone Soup' coming to The Centre

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The Atlanta Opera is bringing its latest children's opera, "Stone Soup," to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

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"Stone Soup: An Operatic Fable in One Delicious Act" is a 45-minute, light-hearted interpretation of the classic folktale about a hungry soldier who convinces a woman to include his stone in her vegetable soup.

The production will have two shows -- one at 9:15 a.m., the other at 12:15 p.m. -- on Monday, Oct. 29. Admission is free.

"Stone Soup" is geared toward children in grades K-5.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.