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Lambert HS dancers present showcase

Lambert HS dancers present showcase

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The dance company at Lambert High School will perform its fall showcase this weekend.

The show, Dance in Cinema, will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7 and 8.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. All performances are held in the school auditorium.

Lambert High is located at 805 Nichols Road in Suwanee.

3 Forsyth schools among Ga. Reward Schools

3 Forsyth schools among Ga. Reward Schools

CUMMING, Ga. -- Three Forsyth County elementary and middle schools among this year's Georgia Department of Education Reward Schools.

Reward Schools are the Georgia schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I want to take what's working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians."

Little Mill and Otwell middle schools and Cumming Elementary School were named Highest Performing Schools. These schools are among the top 5% of Title I schools in Georgia. To make the list, a school must make Adequate Yearly Progress in all groups and subgroups in 2011.

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.

2013-14 school calendar to be approved Nov. 15

2013-14 school calendar to be approved Nov. 15

CUMMING, Ga. -- Nearly 500 Forsyth County residents gave their feedback on proposed calendar changes for the 2013-14 school year.

Now, the Board of Education plans to take the suggestions into consideration when it decides on the final calendar at its Nov. 15 meeting.

Check out a draft of the proposed calendar

A summary of some of the changes includes:

  • First day of school: Thursday, Aug. 8
  • Last day of school: Friday, May 23
  • 2 early release days: Professional Development Days
  • 3 early release days: Parent-teacher conferences
  • 1 week break: Thanksgiving
  • 11-day break: Winter
  • First week of April: Spring Break

Nominees needed for Counselor of the Year

Nominees needed for Counselor of the Year

CUMMING, Ga. -- Forsyth County Schools is accepting nominations for Counselor of the Year through Friday, Nov. 2.

To nominate a deserving counselor who makes a daily difference in the lives of students, send a letter of nomination to Susan Atkins at satkins@forsyth.k12.ga.us.

For more information, including points to consider in a nomination form, visit forsyth.k12.ga.us.

Berry students win Southern Women Writers contest

Berry students win Southern Women Writers contest

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's winners of the Southern Women Writers Conference student writing contest kicked off last weekend's event by reading their works.

The writing contest was open to female students at Berry, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Shorter University. Blind judging was completed by Berry visiting professors Abby Greenbaum and Alex Quinlan.

In the fiction category, Berry senior and Knoxville, Tenn., resident Emily Caldwell won for her story, "A Brief Outburst of Pent-Up Aggression." The runner-up was Berry freshman Ciara Stephens of Decatur with her story, "Solo."

Berry sophomore Chelsea Fryer of Chattanooga, Tenn., won the poetry contest. Jenny VanFossen, a Georgia Highlands College sophomore, was the runner-up.

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.