Transgender conversations begin at Decatur schools

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City Schools of Decatur hosts first discussion on equal education policy  More than 40 parents, teachers, students and community stakeholders spoke for more than four hours at an Oct. 10 City Schools of Decatur (CSD) board of education meeting regarding transgender students.  Under its current equal education policy—also known as Policy JAA—CSD instructs teachers to […]

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Indian Creek design revealed

Indian Creek Elementary will be demolished and rebuilt into a three-story facility beginning July 2018 with an estimated completion date of Nov. 2019. Illustration courtesy of DeKalb County School District

Replacement elementary school site plan approved by DeKalb County school board DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) board of education unanimously approved site plans for the replacement of Indian Creek Elementary School on Oct. 2. The school—located at 724 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston—will be demolished and rebuilt into a three-story, 1,200-seat, 151,000-square-foot facility complete […]

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Bully me? No way!

Miracle baby passes along anti-bullying message to Freedom Middle School at 13

Miracle baby passes along anti-bullying message to Freedom Middle School at 13 When pregnant 18 year-old Georgia Perimeter College freshman Tara Hawkins-Bottoms fell into a four-month coma after being attacked in November 2003, doctors had little hope for the baby she carried. Now, 14 years later, Emmanuel Hawkins—a baby delivered 11 weeks early while Hawkins-Bottoms […]

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DeKalb schools tout improved test scores, graduation rates

DeKalb County School District touted its recent improvements in graduation rates and SAT test scores. Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Officials at DeKalb County School District (DCSD) are celebrating a continued rise in graduation rates and SAT scores, according to recent releases. According to a release from the district on Sept. 28, DCSD graduation rates have increased from 70 percent in 2016 to 74 percent in 2017. The rate was announced by the Georgia Department […]

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DeKalb schools adjust makeup schedule

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DeKalb County School District (DCSD) adjusted its plans to makeup time lost to Hurricane Irma on Sept. 27.  DCSD revised the original plan to extend the school day by 20 minutes until winter break in December, the extension will now last from Oct. 2 until Oct. 31. The district kept its plans to hold school […]

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Grits with grands

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    Marbut Elementary Traditional Theme School hosts annual event honoring grandparents Before the sun rose on Sept. 26, hundreds of grandparents at Marbut Elementary Traditional Theme School broke bread with their sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters as part of the school’s annual Grits With Grands event. “We are celebrating our grandparents,” said PTA member […]

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DeKalb schools to make up missed days through 20-minute extension

DCSD superintendent R. Stephen Green

  DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced its plan to make up days missed during Hurricane Irma on Sept. 22.  “In order to recapture precious instructional time lost due to Hurricane Irma, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will extend its school day by 20 minutes, Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, through […]

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NJROTC offers students discipline, drive

Cross Keys High School’s NJORTC program recently competed at a drill meet in Henry County where it claimed a third place trophy. Photo submitted

Each school day, Cross Keys High School senior Nikol Diaz makes sure her grades, physical fitness and character are exemplary in the eyes of her peers and teachers. This comes as second nature, Diaz said, as she is a member of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC). “I wish I had joined earlier,” […]

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