Monday, April 15, 2013
Depending on whom you ask, spring break just ended or happened weeks ago. Are the staggered spring breaks a good thing, or should schools aim to schedule their breaks at the same time?
It’s back to school today for students in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties. Spring break for the three county school districts was held last week, and pupils are returning to the classroom for the last remaining weeks of school. But students in these three districts didn’t get to enjoy their time off along with all their peers from other school systems. For instance, nearby Bartow County held its spring break the first week of April. Spring break also varies for students at local colleges. While those attending Chattahoochee Technical College got their break from classes last week, students at Kennesaw State University and Georgia Highlands College took their break the first week of March—no classes were held at KSU March 2-8 while …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The latest inspection reports include visits to several public school cafeterias.
The following Northeast and East Cobb establishments serving food were inspected recently by Cobb and Douglas Public Health:
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Here are county food scores from Cobb & Douglas Public Health inspections from Sept. 22-28.
The following Northeast Cobb food establishments were visited recenty by Cobb and Douglas Public Health:
Monday, October 1, 2012
The most recent inspections included Cherokee Cattle, China Dynasty and Nicky's Diner.
The following Northeast Cobb restaurants and schools were inspected recently by Cobb and Douglas Public Health:
Friday, September 21, 2012
Following the loss of his young son to cancer, Bill Stanley saw what matters in life, quit McDonald's, and chased a dream of teaching. But getting an education degree was costly, bringing him to a role not often assumed by men.
The story to becoming the math teacher and man selling Mary Kay dates back to 1996. It was then a football-size neuroblastoma tumor was found in the abdomen of Bill Stanley’s middle child, 8-year-old Josh, squishing his stomach, intestines and bladder and making him have accidents. Shortly after, Stanley’s insurance dropped him. “I think the insurance company thought that it was going to be a hefty bill and they could get rid of me,” the Powder Springs man said. “After he got sick, they got rid of me.” Then, matters got worse. Working in Atlanta for a company that collected insurance payments directly from people’s houses, Stanley had accumulated about $4,000 the day before Josh’s surgery. Stanley was prepared to turn it over, but calls …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Our Father's Hands provides quality clothing to families in need and has expanded assistance from just a few schools to all in the county's school district.
Children living in shelters, abandoned buildings, cars in parking lots, extended-stay motels and safe houses after their mothers got out of abusive relationships—they’re the ones that drive Linda Lipp to continue on in the face of exhaustion and hardship. “These children do not have a refrigerator to put their artwork on when they come home from school,” the West Cobb woman said. “Often, these children only have what they can fit in a suitcase or a backpack.” Listening to God’s calling, Lipp gave up her job as a successful loan officer to found a ministry that helps clothe the hundreds of homeless children in the Cobb County School District. Our Father’s Hands started in 2005 with just a storage building at Lost Mountain Baptist Church. …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Save time and money by buying exactly what your child needs this school year.
As incredible as it sounds, it's almost time to start back to school shopping. Many parents are overwhelmed by the prospect of buying binders, pens and erasers. Specific school and grade shopping lists make the process less stressful, but sometimes those lists are impossible to find. Northeast Cobb Patch has done the legwork to provide you with school-by school and grade-by-grade shopping lists for all Northeast Cobb Schools. The list is as follows: Some additional supply requests may be made by teachers after school begins. Please Note: Some items such as paper, pens, and pencils will need replenishing each 9 weeks.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The school-by-school results of last year's standardized test, which is taken by every Cobb third through eighth grader, were released today.
The Georgia Department of Education released the school-level test scores of the 2012 Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) for all state schools on Thursday. Overall, Georgia schools saw a third consecutive year of improvement, with English/language arts, social studies and reading skills increasing. Math and science scores as a whole stayed the same or declined only slightly. The tests are a crucial part of determining whether or not a school meets its Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals, but the importance of this 12-year-old test will diminish in the coming years as Georgia schools transition to the Common Core Curriculum, which is being implemented by 47 states. According to figures reported by the Marietta Daily Journal, Cobb …
Friday, July 6, 2012
The middle school is part of a pilot program that will allow students to use their cell phones and laptops as tools in the learning process.
As part of an experimental program to enhance the learning process, the days of teachers taking cell phones away from and disciplining students who are using their devices in class may be over at Daniell Middle School. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Daniell Middle School has been chosen to join Lost Mountain and Floyd middle schools in a cutting-edge educational program which will allow students to log into a guest network at school and use their devices as tools in the learning process. "Trends are telling us that we cannot afford the model for public education that we have now," Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. "We are going to have to change and adapt. These initiatives have the potential to fundamentally …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is recommending denial of a start-up school in Smyrna, despite strong community support for the plan.
The Cobb Board of Education is expected to vote Thursday on a petition to create a charter school in Smyrna. Many parents and residents there want it, and since last week's board work session have provided school officials with additional information about a possible location. But superintendent Michael Hinojosa continues to recommend against granting the charter status for financial, facilities and academic reasons. That issue figures to be the major item of business when the board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cobb County School District office board room, located at 514 Glover Street in Marietta. An executive session has been called for 6 p.m. Supporters of the proposed Smyrna Academy of Excellence throughout Cobb County are upset…