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Teasley MS launches radio station

Teasley MS launches radio station

CANTON, Ga. -- Teasley Middle School has launched its very own radio program.

Parents who arrive at the Canton school to pick up, drop off or visit students are encouraged to set their car radios to 107.7 FM to listen to the new Raider Radio.

The project was launched to teach students about careers in the radio industry.

"The whole purpose of Raider Radio is to spotlight the students and the school, and to keep parents informed," Teasley principal Dr. Susan Zinkil said.

Elizabeth Erikson, a 7th grader, was one of Raider Radio's first DJs.

"I was a little nervous, but I thought it was cool to be on the radio," she said.

The radio program plans to begin recognizing the school's Partners in Education in the near future.

CCSD psychologist named School Psychologist of the Year

CCSD psychologist named School Psychologist of the Year

CANTON, Ga. -- This year's Georgia Association of School Psychologists (GASP) School Psychologist of the Year is from Cherokee County.

Dr. John Poidevant is the psychologist for Canton's Avery and Macedonia elementary schools. He received his award on Oct. 1.

"(Poidevant) calmly guides the administration and staff through crises and provides direct support for students and families. He is viewed by parents and staff as professional, supportive and approachable," Charlette Green, the school district's director of special education, said in a statement. "Dr. Poidevant is a shining example of what a school psychologist should strive to do to support students, parents and school staff."

Poidevant earned his degree in school psychology from the University of Florida and has worked for Cherokee County since 2006.

He will be recognized during the Oct. 17 Cherokee County School Board meeting.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

ATLANTA -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has selected 50 students from across Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

More than 700 teens applied to join this year's council, which was formed to give young people a voice in how their classrooms are organized.

"Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable," Barge said in a statement. "The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues."

The council will meet three times this school year to discuss how state policies have an impact in their classrooms. They will also serve as the superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.

A number of the Student Advisory Council members are from metro Atlanta, including:

PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

PROBE College Fair coming to Cherokee County

CANTON, Ga. -- The PROBE College Fair will stop in Cherokee County later this month.

The fair, which features representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country, will be at Cherokee High School on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn more about the PROBE College Fair.

Cherokee High is located at 930 Marietta Highway in Canton. The fair will be held in the school's gym.

19 Cherokee schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

19 Cherokee schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Nineteen elementary, middle and high schools in Cherokee County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze. Last year, 16 Cherokee schools were honored.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

This year's Cherokee County SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Cherokee schools eliminate 'critical overcrowding'

Cherokee schools eliminate 'critical overcrowding'

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- For the first time in 15 years, none of Cherokee County's public schools are "critically overcrowded."

The school district announced this milestone in a memo released Tuesday afternoon.

"This achievement is a reflection of the school district's long-standing successful policies governing student enrollment growth forecasts and planning school construction projects to accommodate growth and is a tribute to the leadership and foresight of the school board," superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo said in the memo.

A critically overcrowded school is one that exceeds 140 percent of its enrollment capacity. Such schools also use portable classrooms and meet other, similar criteria.

Cherokee County began battling critical overcrowding with SPLOST dollars in 2001. It continues to use the money for much-needed construction projects throughout the district, according to the memo.