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Clayton Elementary Wins Bright Ideas Grant

CANTON, GA -- Clayton Elementary School in Canton was recently selected as a winner in the Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation Bright Ideas Program.

The school received a $1,000 grant to use in the implementation of a multisensory reading program. This research-based program will be used to support students who need more intense instruction in the area of phonics.

Clayton Elementary EIP/ESOL teacher Joy Hyatt is the faculty member who applied for the grant.

Cherokee County Advances in Advanced Placement

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- The College Board has released national, district and state Advanced Placement (AP) scores for 2010.

Highlights of this report include AP course offerings at Cherokee County high schools. The AP Program has grown significantly in the past 10 years in the Cherokee County School District (CCSD), from 400 exams given in 1999 to nearly 2,325 exams in 2010. This provides further evidence of the increasingly rigorous academic curriculum offered by Cherokee County high schools.

The University System of Georgia reports that 95% of students admitted to research universities (Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia) have successfully completed at least one AP course.

The report indicates that 72% of CCSD students earned college credit with "passing" scores of 3, 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, compared to 53% in the state of Georgia and 58% nationally.

Cherokee County Educator Receives Award of Excellence

CANTON, GA -- Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp and Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB) Chair Ross King presented Robert E. Daniel with the GHRAB Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records during the 8th annual GHRAB Archives Awards ceremony at the Georgia Archives on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The GHRAB Awards recognize outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia.

Mr. Daniel makes extensive use of primary resources to teach historical concepts. His most recent project is a podcast called, "And This Just In . . .," a Colonial news broadcast based on the Georgia Gazette from 1763 to 1770.

Canton Educator Receives National Recognition

CANTON, GA -- Buffy Hamilton, a teacher and media specialist at Creekview High School in Canton, has been named one of "20 to Watch" for 2010 by the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network.

This annual honor recognizes educators who promote the incorporation of innovative technology into high-quality classroom learning and district operations.

"These individuals do not just believe in technology for technology's sake. They are finding different effective and exciting ways to engage students through the use of technology," said Ann Flynn, director of education technology for NSBA.

Sequoyah vs. Creekview Blood Donor Challenge

CANTON, GA -- On Friday, Oct. 15, LifeSouth will be at Sequoyah High School in Canton for the first leg of this year's High School Blood Donor Challenge.

Last spring, Sequoyah became LifeSouth's most productive donor drive when many of the students and faculty came out to donate the gift of life. More than 300 units of blood were collected in six hours -- an average of more than 50 donations per hour.

There is a major rivalry between Sequoyah and Creekview High School, also in Canton. From academics to football to just about every function in which both schools participate, the students and teachers are constantly competing. It became apparent that a blood donation drive would really put these schools to the test.

Creekview's leg of the Blood Donor Challenge will be on Wednesday, Nov.

Creekland Middle School Students Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes

CANTON, GA -- During the week of Oct. 4-8, students at Creekland Middle School in Canton participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Over 1,200 students and teachers walked to find a cure and get some exercise in the process.

Creekland mom Theresa Martin started the walk at Canton's Macedonia Elementary in 2004 when her daughter Allison began kindergarten there. During Allison's six years at the school, over $36,700 was raised for diabetes research. Now that she is in middle school, Allison and her mom can continue to participate, thanks to Creekland principal Dr.

Cherokee High School to Host College Fair

CANTON, GA -- Cherokee High School is proud to host the 2010 Cherokee County PROBE College Fair.

The event will take place on Monday, Nov. 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the CHS New Gym (930 Marietta Highway, Canton, 30114).

All high school students and parents are encouraged to attend, as it's a great opportunity to gather information from a variety of two and four year colleges and universities, technical colleges and the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

There will be a competitive college panel event immediately before the fair. Students who plan to apply to colleges with rigorous admissions policies should attend. It will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The panel will include representatives from Emory University, Georgia Tech, Mercer University, the University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University.