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First Montessori School of Atlanta participates in Pinwheels for Peace

First Montessori School of Atlanta participates in Pinwheels for Peace

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- First Montessori School of Atlanta students, ages 12-14, placed approximately 200 pinwheels in front of their campus on Sept. 21 to mark the International Day of Peace. This is the third year the school has participated in the program. FMSA is located at 5750 Long Island Drive in Atlanta.

Pinwheels for Peace has grown substantially since its conception in 2005 by two Florida teachers. The organization estimates that children and adults from around the world planted 3.5 million pinwheels of all shapes and sizes in 2011.

"Pinwheels remind us of a time as children when things were simple, joyful and peaceful," said FMSA's Head of School Jerri King. "Pinwheels for Peace isn't a political statement. It's a wonderful way for our students to visually express their feelings about what's going on around them locally and globally."

DeKalb County SAT scores released

DeKalb County SAT scores released

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- The average SAT scores for Georgia's Class of 2012 were released Monday.

According to the results, which were posted by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia's graduating seniors scored an average of 1452 out of 2400 on the test.

Four DeKalb County high schools had higher average scores than Georgia's average -- Chamblee High (with a score of 1613), DeKalb School of the Arts (1559), Dunwoody High (1509) and Lakeside High (1529).

The score breakdown of DeKalb County's high schools is as follows:

Arabia Mountain HS
280 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1330
Critical Reading: 451
Math: 439
Writing: 440

Cedar Grove HS
136 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1224
Critical Reading: 409
Math: 418
Writing: 397

Chamblee HS
310 students took the SAT in 2012
Overall: 1613
Critical Reading: 546
Math: 543
Writing: 524

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.

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."

DeKalb Schools to discuss SACS scrutiny

DeKalb Schools to discuss SACS scrutiny

ATLANTA -- The DeKalb County Board of Education will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss a critical letter from SACS, one that points out a list of "serious issues" in the system and questions the board's general ability to function.

Last Wednesday, Board president Dr. Eugene Walker received a three-page letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The letter, also addressed to Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, says SACS has received numerous complaints about board actions that may violate accreditation standards.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

New Keller Graduate School of Management opens

New Keller Graduate School of Management opens

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- DeVry University has opened its latest Keller Graduate School of Management in Dunwoody.

The new graduate school opened on the university's Perimeter campus on Aug. 21.

"Since the late 1990s, DeVry University has employed a strategy of making higher education accessible to its students. The Perimeter University Center, built to serve both graduate and undergraduate students, fits perfectly into that model," DeVry's Atlanta Metro President Christopher T. Chavez said at the opening celebration.

Learn more about Keller and its programs.

DeVry University's Perimeter campus is located at 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Building A.