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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.

College students love Twitter, Facebook and . . . Cram Stoppers?

College students love Twitter, Facebook and . . . Cram Stoppers?

ATLANTA -- Football season is almost here, which means that colleges are getting ready to open their doors and start their fall semester.  School supplies and dorm shopping are done, and many parents have just experienced dropping off their teenager at college for the first time.  Letting go, and coming home to a house that is just a little too quiet can be unsettling.   Parents wonder how their teens will survive without them to do their laundry, cook homemade meals, and wake them up for school in the morning.  But, survive they will, and fortunately there are many things available for teens that will help them be more prepared as they face living on their own at college for the first time.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month

September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month

ATLANTA -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a beacon of help and guidance to those touched by blood cancer.  Each September LLS observes Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month to shed light on these diseases and let the public know that there are resources available for blood cancer patients and their families.