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Hiram High School Students Learn About Careers in Construction

Theresa Schroeder of Turner Construction visited Hiram High School as part of Careers in Construction Week, talking with the students about career opportunities in the construction industry.  She also talked with them about the A.C.E. Mentoring initiative, a program that encourages high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.

New Director of Athletics for Atlanta Public Schools

Jeff Beggs was recently named the new Director of Athletics for the APS school district. He will be responsible for leadership of the interscholastic sports program, sports training and aiding in healthy competition throughout all grade levels.

Beggs has an extensive 31-year background as a system-level athletic director, a high school athletic director, head coach, assistant principal and teacher for a number of schools and school districts in the state.  Also, he currently serves as president of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA), where he is also a member of the GADA Board of Directors.

FMSA Partners With Habersham Gardens

First Montessori School of Atlanta and Habersham Gardens recently welcomed the fall planting season with a special art exhibit. Students, ages 6-14, displayed more than 100 colorful pieces of art and paper pinwheels throughout the garden center.

Students wrote their thoughts about war, peace, tolerance and living in harmony with others on one side of the pinwheels. On the other side, they drew, painted or collaged something that expressed their feelings about the subjects.

"We teach students at First Montessori School of Atlanta that they are stewards of the environment," says Head of School Jerri King. "Habersham Gardens provided a natural and beautiful backdrop for showcasing the students' work."

To learn more about the school, go to www.firstmontessori.org.

The 3rd Annual Community Voices Freedom’s Voice Conference

On Oct. 9, CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and other luminaries will give voice to a population that risks falling through the cracks in healthcare reform: individuals reentering communities who have histories of mental illness or substance abuse.

The 3rd Annual Community Voices Freedom’s Voice Conference will take place at the JW Marriott Atlanta – Buckhead (3300 Lenox Road) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

O’Brien will join fellow CNN journalist Jamal Simmons at the 3rd annual Freedom’s Voice Conference, sponsored by Morehouse School of Medicine’s Community Voices program, to facilitate discussions with leading “re-entry” experts on how to address this urgent issue.

                       

Ted Turner to Speak at The Galloway School

ATLANTA -- As part of The Galloway School Speaker Series, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner will join the Galloway community on Oct. 6 for an intimate conversation with students, faculty and parents. He will discuss one of the school’s founding pillars, fearlessness, and the role it has played in his life and work. Turner will also answer questions from Galloway students about a variety of topics, including the development of CNN and Turner Broadcasting and the establishment of the United Nations Foundation.

APS Lunches to go Local and Grass-Fed

ATLANTA, GA -- White Oak Pastures Owner and Georgia Organics President Will Harris is proud to announce that on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, he will be providing 158 cases of his grass-fed beef to feed students at all 90 Atlanta Public Schools.   On this day, all Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will be serving whole wheat penne pasta with meat sauce featuring Harris’ grass-fed beef that is grown and raised on White Oak Pastures farm in Bluffton, Georgia.  This is an initiative on behalf of School Food Focus to raise awareness about how easy it would be for large school districts to source grass-fed and locally grown meats for more healthful meals.

Free Standardized Test Prep

According to a report released Monday, the average score for the state’s public, private and home school students fell for the fourth straight year.

To try and intercept this issue, the Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell and Kaplan are offering a free college entrance exam preparation series. This year is the programs 9th year.

This year Georgia saw its largest and most diverse group ever of graduating seniors take the SAT, the most widely used entrance exam for in-state colleges and universities. The SAT participation rate for the Georgia class of 2010 was 74 percent, ranking Georgia among the top 10 in the nation, state officials said.