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Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to donate $90,000 worth of instruments

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to donate $90,000 worth of instruments

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in public schools across the country, will present its ninth annual music teacher awards at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 11. 

Five music teachers were selected from across the country and, in addition to the honor, will each receive $10,000.  The award recognizes music teachers who best emulate the personal characteristics and dedication of "Mr. Holland," portrayed by Richard Dreyfuss in the hit 1995 movie.

This year’s awards will mark the 15th anniversary of the foundation, founded by composer Michael Kamen who passed away in 2003.

Coweta County Middle Schools Smokey Road and Evans will receive $90,000 worth of musical instrument donations thanks to the support of the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation and the efforts of the Mister Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF).

Public reception for Superintendent Blake Bass held March 27

Public reception for Superintendent Blake Bass held March 27

NEWNAN, Ga. – (submitted by Coweta County Schools) A reception will be held to honor the retirement of Coweta County Superintendent of Schools Blake Bass on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

The public is invited to attend the reception, which will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Bass will retire from the Coweta superintendence on March 31, 2011, following an educational career that began in 1976. A native of Coweta County, Bass graduated in 1971 from Newnan High School, and earned his B.A. in History, a Masters degree and an EDS degree in Administration from West Georgia College. He began teaching U.S. History and coaching varsity football in 1976, first at Heard County High and then at Villa Rica High School. He returned home to Coweta County in 1978 and taught at Evans Middle School and served as the defensive coordinator for the Newnan High Cougars. He held both positions until 1990.

White Oak Elementary Spring Auction Saturday

White Oak Elementary Spring Auction Saturday

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Join the bidding wars Saturday, March 19 at White Oak Elementary in Newnan as the school's PTO holds its annual Spring Auction and BBQ.

The event, which raises money for educational projects and school needs, will begin with a BBQ dinner at 6 p.m. The auction begins at 6:30. Both events will be held at the school, located at 770 Lora Smith Road.

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Parents can apply for limited Pre-K spaces at Coweta schools through March 18

Parents can apply for limited Pre-K spaces at Coweta schools through March 18

NEWNAN, Ga. -- (submitted by Coweta County Public Schools) Parents who wish to secure a spot for their child in next year’s Coweta County School System Pre-Kindergarten classes can do so at their child’s district school this week and next, through Friday, March 18.
 
During that time, parents can visit their child’s district school and complete a Coweta County Pre-K application form for each child and place it in the lottery box at the school. No enrollment documentation is required to apply for the Pre-K lottery.

Elementary schools are accepting Pre-K applications for eligible students on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 7 through 16. To accommodate parents’ work schedules, elementary schools will hold an expanded lottery enrollment day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17.

Coweta BoE approves $2 million in new buses

Coweta BoE approves $2 million in new buses

COWETA, Ga. – According to The Citizen, more buses for Coweta County schools were approved last week by the Coweta County Board of Education. That approval will add another 23 buses at a cost of $1.9 million.

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2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced Ten Teachers Chosen from 154 Applications

2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced Ten Teachers Chosen from 154 Applications

ATLANTA – (Office of State School Superintendent) Recently, Dr. John Barge announced the finalists for 2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year. The 10 finalists were chosen from a pool of 154 applicants who were selected as the Teacher of the Year in their school districts. The applications were read by a panel of judges that included teachers, past Georgia Teacher of the Year winners and finalists, administrators, community leaders and others. The finalists were chosen based on the strength of their essay responses.

Over the next several weeks, a panel of judges will observe and interview each of the finalists. The finalists will also give a speech at a luncheon sponsored by Georgia Power on April 1. The winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year banquet on May 6, 2011, at the Georgia World Congress Center. The banquet, paid for through donations from sponsors, will honor each local district Teacher of the Year.

Netwon High Rams top Newnan 53-33, punch ticket to state

Netwon High Rams top Newnan 53-33, punch ticket to state

McDONOUGH -- (www.covnews.com) The Rams had several goals coming into the season. They met two of those by winning 20 games and the regular-season region title earlier this month. After a 53-33 win over Newnan in the opening round of the Region 2-AAAAA tournament Tuesday, they can cross off one more.

Derrick Henry scored 20 points, Newton held the Cougars to 13 points in the second half and the Rams punched their ticket to the Class AAAAA playoffs for the second straight year. 

"That's something like nine or 10 times in the past 13 years we've won 20 games and gone to state," Newton coach Rick Rasmussen said. "That's definitely something we shoot for each year and that's a great accomplishment but I don't think that's enough for our program right now.