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Combining summer learning and fitness for kids

Combining summer learning and fitness for kids

TUCKER, Ga. -- Summer can be crucial for keeping your kids sharp both mentally and physically.

The National Summer Learning Association has created a healthy summer campaign to encourage parents to take advantage of the summer to improve things for schools.

"When school doors close for the summer months, many children and families living in poverty face multiple, interrelated challenges. Learning loss, safety concerns, risk for obesity, and food insecurity all set children back developmentally and academically," according to the National Summer Learning Association.

There's a new workbook that can help parents in both those areas.

It's called "The Summer Fit: Exercises for the Brain and Body While Away From School."

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Coweta County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Friday, May 25.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Kindergarten registration begins next week

Kindergarten registration begins next week

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- Kindergarten registration at Coweta County's elementary schools will begin on Monday, Apr. 30.

All registration takes place at the school district's Central Registration Office, which is located at 167 Werz Industrial Boulevard in Newnan. The necessary forms are available on the school district's website.

Parents must register their children for kindergarten during a certain week, depending on which schools the children will attend. Registration takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

April 30 - May 4
Brooks Elementary
Welch Elementary
Western Elementary
White Oak Elementary
Willis Road Elementary

Ga. high school students take longer to earn diplomas

ATLANTA -- A new method of calculating graduation rates reveals that more high school students are dropping out than had been previously counted and some of them are taking five or even six years to earn a diploma.

According to reports the new formula was released last week. It shows that Georgia's 2011 graduation rate dropped 13 percentage points using the calculation, to 67.4 percent.

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11 Coweta students among Governor's Honors Program finalists

11 Coweta students among Governor's Honors Program finalists

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- Eleven students from Coweta County are among 700 finalists to participate in the prestigious Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

The program is a four-week educational initiative held every summer at Valdosta State University. It challenges some of Georgia's most promising students in the areas where they have shown exceptional talent.

"Coweta County always has a good showing" when it comes to Governor's Honors, according to Dale Lyles, director of the program. "GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment. I congratulate the students of the Coweta County School System and look forward to meeting them and their parents at the interviews."

To be selected for the program, students must be nominated by officials at their schools and then go through a series of interviews.

Coweta County's 11 finalists are:

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

Bill would revoke bonuses for teachers caught cheating

ATLANTA -- A Senate committee has passed a bill that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.

The Democratic-backed legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate education committee Monday. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.

Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students.

The bill stems from last year's cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools.

A state investigation in July revealed widespread cheating by educators in nearly half of the Atlanta's 100 schools dating to 2001. In all, nearly 180 teachers and principals were accused of giving answers to students or changing responses once the tests had been completed.