Saturday, October 25, 2014


Pathways help you plan your high school courses, post-secondary path and career options. Georgia recognizes eleven program concentrations which provide categories for the Peach State Pathways. The pathway program is a tool which organizes broad areas of occupations and pathways which represent sub-groups of occupations with common knowledge and skills. Georgia Peach State Pathways are usually represented by three sequenced courses that can begin in the 9th grade and continues either into the world of work or additional college opportunities

Agribusiness Management
Agricultural Mechanics
Animal Science
Forestry/Natural Resources
Plant Science/Horticulture
Veterinary Science

Arts & Humanities
Foreign Language
Performing Arts
Visual Arts

Architecture, Construction, Communications & Transportation
Aircraft Support
Architectural Drawing & Design
Broadcast Video Production
Climate Control Technology - HVACR
Collision Repair
Flight Operations
Graphic Communications
Graphic Design
Transportation Logistical Operations (Ground/Marine)
Transportation Logistical Support (Ground/Marine)

Business & Computer Science
Administrative/Information Support
Computer Networking
Computer Systems & Support
Financial Management - Accounting
Financial Management - Services
Interactive Media
Small Business Development

Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts

Early Childhood Education
Teaching as a Profession

Engineering & Technology
Energy Systems
Engineering Graphics & Design

Family & Consumer Sciences
Consumer Services
Interior Design
Nutrition and Food Science

Government & Public Safety
Homeland Security & Emergency Services
Junior ROTC - Air Force
Junior ROTC - Army
Junior ROTC - Marines
Junior ROTC - Navy
Law & Justice

Healthcare Science
Biotechnology Research & Development
Diagnostic Services
Health Informatics
Personal Care Services-Cosmetology
Physical Medicine
Therapeutic Services - Emergency Services
Therapeutic Services - Medical Services
Therapeutic Services - Nursing

Marketing, Sales & Services
Fashion Marketing
Marketing & Management
Marketing Communication & Promotion
Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Travel Marketing & Lodging Management

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wheeler Magnet Program of Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Open House

Wheeler High School Center 
for Advanced Studies in 
Science, Mathematics, and Technology 

Fall Open House
Thursday, October 23rd
at 6:00 PM in the 
Wheeler High School Gym

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Types of Postsecondary Schools

There are a variety of postsecondary schools from which to choose when you begin your college search. By researching the different types of schools, you will be able to make an informed decision about which one is right for you. Here is an overview of the various kinds of postsecondary schools.
Universities tend to be large schools with a wide variety of programs. They may have several undergraduate and graduate schools, colleges, departments, or faculties (School of Engineering, College of Business, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Science, etc.). Universities have undergraduate divisions that award bachelor's degrees and graduate schools that award master's degrees. Some universities offer professional schools that award doctorates. Universities tend to have research facilities and an abundance of social opportunities (fraternities, sororities, sporting events, clubs, etc.). Universities may be public or private.
Colleges tend to be smaller than universities, but they still have a variety of programs. (Please note: Although colleges do tend to be smaller than universities, there are still some colleges that are just as big or even bigger than a university.) Four-year colleges offer bachelor's degrees. Graduate degrees may or may not be offered. The size of classes and types of social opportunities will vary from college to college. A college may be public or private, an independent institution or part of a larger university.
Community Colleges/Junior Colleges
Community colleges and junior colleges are two-year institutions that award associate's degrees and sometimes certificates in certain career-related subjects. These two-year colleges usually have less strenuous admissions standards and tend to be less expensive than four-year colleges and universities. Because of this, some students choose to attend a two-year college first to earn an associate's degree, and then they transfer to a four-year school to receive a bachelor's degree. If this is done, taking courses that can be transferred is highly recommended. Community colleges are public and non-residential, while junior colleges are private with students living on campus or in the surrounding community.
Technical/Vocational/Proprietary Schools
Technical, vocational, and proprietary schools emphasize preparation for specific careers, such as accounting, cosmetology, computer technology, culinary arts, health care technology, real estate, etc. Some schools specialize in only one area, while others provide a wide variety of programs. They award diplomas, certificates, licenses, and sometimes associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. Although receiving accreditation from these schools will usually grant employment, students may or may not be able to transfer credits to traditional academic degree programs. The entire course of study at a vocational or technical school is often two years or less, although some can be three or four years long. Some of these schools are privately owned and operated, while others are public.
Public vs. Private
  • Public postsecondary schools are supported by state funds. Tuition for a public school is usually less expensive than that of a private school. Moreover, public school tuition for an in-state student is much less expensive than for an out-of-state student.
  • Private postsecondary schools are supported by tuition and donations. They are not tax-supported. While private school tuition tends to be higher than public school tuition, private schools can sometimes offer more financial aid to students for better affordability.
When it comes to choosing a postsecondary school, it is crucial to pick one that fits your personality and educational goals. After you have decided on the type of school you would like to attend, you can then narrow your selection down to more specific schools. Read College Selection for steps to take when choosing a postsecondary school.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Court: Cobb parents can be held liable for Facebook defamation

Copied from Thursday, Oct 16th e-edition
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The parents of a Cobb County middle school student who admitted to setting up a fake Facebook account that subjected a classmate to ridicule can be held liable for defamation because they let the page stay up for almost a year, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.
According to Friday’s ruling from Presiding Judge John Ellington, Alexandria (Alex) Boston, through her parents Amy and Christopher Boston, filed suit against classmates Dustin Athearn and Melissa Snodgrass and their parents over the May 2011 incident.
Alexandria, Dustin and Melissa were all 7th-graders at Palmer Middle School at the time, and were in homeroom together when Dustin and Melissa set up the Facebook page. They altered a photo that Dustin had taken of Alexandria with a “fat face” app and posted information suggesting that Melissa held racist viewpoints and was homosexual.
“Some of these postings were graphically sexual, racist or otherwise offensive and some falsely stated that Alex was on a medication regimen for mental health disorders and that she took illegal drugs,” according to the appeals court ruling.
Alexandria soon suspected that Dustin was involved after she recognized the profile photo as one that Dustin had taken at school, and her parents notified the school’s principal.
Principal Cathy Wentworth called Dustin and Melissa to her office, and they admitted their involvement, each signing a written statement, according to the ruling. They were each assigned two days of in-school suspension for their harassment of Alexandria.
Wentworth also called their parents, and sent home paperwork to be signed by them.
In early April 2012, the Bostons filed suit against Dustin and Melissa and their parents, and the bogus Facebook page was finally taken down later that month.
Melissa and her father, Randell Snodgrass, did not respond to the suit, and were found in default, Natalie Woodward, the attorney for the Bostons, told the Fulton County Daily Report.
The attorney for Sandra and Michael Athearn asked Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard for a summary judgment in favor of the Athearns, and Leonard agreed.
The Bostons appealed, and Friday’s ruling reversed Leonard’s decision, sending the case back to the lower court for trial.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Campbell High School International Baccalaureate Program Open House

Campbell High School International 
Baccalaureate Magnet Program

will be hosting their Fall Open House 

on Thursday, October 16th

at 6:30 PM in the 

Campbell High School Auditorium

Thursday, October 9, 2014

South Cobb Magnet Open House

South Cobb High School Academy of Research and Medicine

will be hosting their fall open house 
in the South Cobb High School theater 
on October 14, 2014, at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pebblebrook Magnet Open House This Friday

Pebblebrook High School Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts is hosting their fall open house on Friday, October 10th at 7:30 PM in the Anderson Theater at the Cobb Civic Center.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Allatoona High School 8th Grade Parent Night

Allatoona High School 

will be hosting an

8th Grade Parent Night

Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 P.M. 
in the Allatoona High School Theater

Mark your calendars!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kennesaw Mountain Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Open House

Kennesaw Mountain Academy 
of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

will be hosting their fall open house in theKennesaw Mountain High School Theater on Tuesday October 7th at 6:30 PM

Program Director  Dr. Mimi Dyer
678 331-3954

North Cobb School for International Studies Open House

The North Cobb School for International Studies

will be hosting their fall open house in the North Cobb High School media center on Monday October 6, 2014, at 6:30 PM

Program Director David Stephenson
770 975-6685 ext. 301

Magnet Applications available today

The magnet program applications are available at the link below.  By way of reminder, the application process is totally electronic.  The application deadline is Dec. 5th.  Please contact Dr. Deane if you have questions about the process.

Magnet Application Link