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Acclaimed Documentary ‘Race To Nowhere’ Has Good Run at Holy Innocents’

Acclaimed Documentary ‘Race To Nowhere’ Has Good Run at Holy Innocents’

California director Vicki Abeles not only showed three screenings of her acclaimed film Race to Nowhere to the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES) community on Monday but also had the opportunity to share it with a camera crew from "NBC Nightly News." The hard-hitting documentary from Reel Link Films explores what filmmakers describe as the "high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives, creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth."

Footage from Monday night's screening, which included the public, is expected to be part of a comprehensive story on student pressure that NBC will air in a few weeks.

Quotes from students pictured in the documentary tell a disturbing story of children burdened by such pressures as academics, college applications, extracurricular activities, jobs, as well as family and personal expectations: "School’s so much pressure now every day I’d wake up dreading

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

DeKalb School System Proposes Make-Up Days

DeKalb School System Proposes Make-Up Days

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- The DeKalb County School System has announced two proposed make-up days for the classes that were missed because of winter weater earlier this month.

Friday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 21 are the recommended days. The proposal will be formally presented to the school board at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Holy Innocents' Open House Jan. 29

Holy Innocents' Open House Jan. 29

This year's All School Open House at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School will take place on Saturday, Jan. 29, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Main Gym. The school is located in Sandy Springs at 805 Mt. Vernon Hwy. N.W.

All divisions – Pre-, Lower, Middle and Upper Schools – will participate in afternoon events.

Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

WASHINGTON, DC -- Georgia has the nation's 7th strongest charter school law, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' (NAPCS) second annual ranking of state charter school laws.

Minnesota's charter law ranked first, and Mississippi's newly enacted charter school law ranked last.

"Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws" analyzes the country's 41 state charter school laws. Each state's law is scored on how well it supports charter school quality and growth, based on the 20 essential components from the NAPCS' model charter school law.

"Georgia was passed by four states, dropping from number four to number seven. This drop had more to do with aggressive changes made in other states than with any steps backward in Georgia," said Todd Ziebarth, vice president, state advocacy and support of NAPCS.

Empire Beauty School Honors Moms

Empire Beauty School Honors Moms

ATLANTA -- Many people wish they could give makeovers to their hardworking moms.

Students at Atlanta-area Empire Beauty Schools will have the chance to do just that during a special event known as "Celebrate Mom."

Current and prospective Empire students are invited to bring their moms to school on certain days in January and February as they explore whether a career in beauty is right for them. The mothers in attendance will have the chance to compete in a fashion show and get the makeovers they deserve.

"Most of our students will tell you that there is one special person in their life whose support was central to their journey to cosmetology school and beyond," said Franklin K. Schoeneman, chairman and CEO of Empire Education Group.

Marist Evening Series Offered in January, February

Marist Evening Series Offered in January, February

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's Marist School (3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, 30319) is pleased to bring back the Marist Evening Series in 2011.

Join friends, neighbors and peers for three nights of captivating adult education classes taught by the Marist School faculty and staff.

The series will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on three consecutive Monday nights: Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.

There will be 25 course offerings on topics that include:

* Religion/spirituality
* The arts
* Computer applications
* Environment
* Helping your child
* History/culture
* Literature
* Writing

Registration for the Marist Evening Series is currently open. Each class is $100; a special $10 discount is available for those who register by Friday, Jan.