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119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

(WXIA) -- More than 100 schools across Georgia will participate in this year's National Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was created in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Roughly 6,000 schools nationwide are expected to participate.

"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Maureen Costello, director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common."

On National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students are asked to sit with new friends in the cafeteria. Its goal is to foster understanding and respect among young people.

Participating schools in metro Atlanta include:

Fulton Schools may tighten security

Fulton Schools may tighten security

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- State Bridge Crossing Elementary school was the sort of place where the front doors were unlocked during the day. 

Secretaries in the front office could see out the all glass front and would wave parents into the office to sign in. But that changed after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 

After that December day, they locked the front doors for good. 

Principal Trey Martin admits it's an imperfect security system.
"We can't speak to anybody. We're just pushing the door and letting them in." 

But that could change very soon. The Fulton County School Board is voting on a measure next week that would use the funds from the education sales tax to place a locked door buzzer entryway system at the county's 100 public schools. 

School board announces October community meetings

School board announces October community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Every month, the Fulton County Board of Education holds meetings for members of the community.

The events allow Fulton County residents to have a voice in the goings-on within the school district.

October's meeting dates and locations include:

District 1
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Esther Jackson ES (1400 Martin Road, Roswell)

District 2
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Webb Bridge MS (4455 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

District 3
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Tri-Cities HS (2575 Harris Street, East Point)

District 4
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.
Langston Hughes HS (7510 Hall Road, Fairburn)

District 5
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Shakerag ES (10885 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek)

District 6
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m.
S.L. Lewis ES (6201 Connell Road, College Park)

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

School system earns grant for drop-out prevention

School system earns grant for drop-out prevention

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation has given Fulton County Schools a $500,000 grant to increase graduation numbers and curb the drop-out rate.

The money will help the school system with its five-year plan to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent, according to superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa.

"In order to reach our aggressive but attainable strategic plan goals, we need support from the philanthropic community," Avossa said. "We are very excited to collaborate with so many partner organizations and are grateful to the Glenn Family Foundation for its belief in the work that we are doing."

RELATED | Fulton County graduation rates on the rise

The Atlanta-based foundation was excited to provide Fulton County with a grant.

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine elementary and middle schools in Fulton County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Fulton County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

* A. Philip Randolph ES
* Birmingham Falls ES
* Conley Hills ES
* Oak Knoll ES
* Ocee ES
* Ridgeview Charter School
* Stonewall Tell ES

* Hembree Springs ES
* Holcomb Bridge MS

Fulton County’s Priceless University wants to help young females to prepare for their future

Fulton County’s Priceless University wants to help young females to prepare for their future

ATLANTA -- Fulton County wants female tweens and teens to participate in Priceless University, a “college prep” program that focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses. The Office of Children and Youth is recruiting middle and high school female youth to participate in the two-year leadership skills development program that provides the tools for young women to reach their “Priceless” potential outside of academics. 

Priceless University offers weekly classes to enhance the knowledge and skills of participants.  The following courses are just a few examples of the courses offered: College Readiness, Business Etiquette, Career Placement Assessments, Financial Literacy, CPR/First Aid Certification, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Public Speaking and Global Competition. 

Program participants meet on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. After completing the two-year curriculum, students graduate from the program.