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Northview HS beefs up security

Northview HS beefs up security

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Officials at Northview High School have tightened some security measures with the ultimate goal of keeping students and staff members as safe as possible.

As of Jan. 7, all visitors to the Johns Creek school must sign in at the front office before having access to any part of the building. Students can only be dropped off and picked at the main entrance and the gym.

Visitors must park in designated spots near the school's main entrance.

All students must leave the school by 4:45 p.m. Anyone who is still in the building after 4:45 may face disciplinary consequences.

Learn more about Northview High's safety measures at northviewhigh.com.

97.5% of Gwinnett students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

97.5% of Gwinnett students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 97 percent of high school juniors and seniors in Gwinnett County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Gwinnett's 97.5 percent is much higher than Georgia's 93 percent, up from 91 percent in 2011 and 88 percent in 2007, when the more rigorous test was rolled out.

Students must pass the annual writing assessment to receive a high school diploma. A perfect score is 350; a student must earn at least 200 points to pass. They may take the test multiple times during their junior and senior years.

A breakdown for each Gwinnett County high school is as follows:

Archer HS
475 students took the test
98.5 percent passed the test

Berkmar HS
569 students took the test
97.2 percent passed the test

Brookwood HS
770 students took the test
99.1 percent passed the test

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

International Student Media Festival recognizes nearly 100 local projects

International Student Media Festival recognizes nearly 100 local projects

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The 2012 International Student Media Festival recognized almost 100 projects from Gwinnett County students on Thursday.

The program incorporates the use of media technology for teachers to motivate, educate and inspire students, according to Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS).

"Excellence in Media Production" awards will be given to 79 entries, 97 were recognized, and 12 were honored with both the "Excellence in Media Production" and "Judge's Favorite" awards. Six entries qualified for "Best In Festival," the competition's highest honor.

The six "Best of Festival" projects include:

 

From Britt ES and teacher Sara Forrester:

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

ATLANTA -- If you're confused about Amendment One on this year's general election ballot, you're not alone.

Wednesday we asked some early voters in Cobb County what they thought of the wording, which asks:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

"It was a bit confusing," said voter Brett Atkinson.

Voter Larshaun Williams said she would not have understood it without doing a lot of homework first.

"Definitely," she told 11 Alive, "I would not have known which direction to go."

Even more confusing to some is the wording of the preamble, just before the actual amendment question:

"Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."

There's now a lawsuit claiming that preamble wording is misleading in favor of the amendment.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment tops 2,000

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment tops 2,000

ATLANTA -- More than 2,000 students across Georgia are enrolled in Georgia Connections Academy, the state's first-ever free online public school.

RELATED | Georgia Connections Academys gets high marks from parents

About 700 parents, students and educators kicked off the school year in Duluth in September, while another 400 Georgia Connections Academy families met with their teachers at gatherings across the state.

The school organizes monthly get-togethers and field trips for its students throughout the school year.

Learn more about this online schooling option, which is open to all Georgia students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.