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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 installs cameras on school buses

School system installs cameras on school buses

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- American Traffic Solutions is helping Paulding County Schools curb the number of drivers who ignore stop arms on school buses.

The company will install its CrossingGuard technology on all of the system's buses. CrossingGuard features a camera that snaps still images and takes video of cars that illegal pass a bus when it stops.

"Drivers passing a stopped school bus whose indicator lights are flashing and stop arm extended create a dangerous environment for our students," said Terre Loveall, director of transportation for Paulding County Schools. "We hope this program helps to awaken drivers to the dangers of illegally passing school buses. Keeping the students of Paulding County safe is our number one priority."

Passing a school bus with its stop arm activated results in a $300 fine in Georgia. A second offense is $750, while a third violation within five years is $1,000.

P.B. Ritch MS to host World Wide Day of Play

P.B. Ritch MS to host World Wide Day of Play

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County School District created its Activate for Kids initiative to encourage students to adopt healthier lifestyles.

The organization will host World Wide Day of Play 2013 at P.B. Ritch Middle School this Saturday, Sept. 21.

Activities include a boot camp session, kickball, tennis and basketball clinics, and an opportunity for children to join the NFL's Play 60 movement.

"We encourage students, their families and our community to participate in our Worldwide Day of Play events that encourage children to adopt healthy behaviors which, we hope, will develop into lifelong healthy habits," Activate for Kids school wellness coordinator Kimberly Blackmon said in a statement.

Learn more at paulding.k12.ga.us.

PROBE College Fair coming to North Paulding HS

PROBE College Fair coming to North Paulding HS

DALLAS, Ga. -- The national PROBE College Fair will stop by North Paulding High School next week.

About 70 colleges and technical schools will be represented at the fair, which will be Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Students will get the opportunity to discuss subjects like financial aid, housing, admission requirements and scholarships with college representatives.

Registration is not required, but students who wish to pre-register can do so at gotocollegefairs.com.

North Paulding High is located at 300 North Paulding High in Dallas.

Aug. 30 named College Colors Day at KSU

Aug. 30 named College Colors Day at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Friday, Aug. 30 will be designated College Colors Day at Kennesaw State University, the school announced Monday.

This is the seventh year in a row the university has hosted a College Colors Day in Kennesaw and surrounding cities.

KSU President Dan Papp and Athletic Director Vaughn Williams plan to meet on Monday, Aug. 26 to sign the College Colors Day proclamation. They will be joined by the mayors of several nearby towns, including Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews and Powder Springs Mayor Patricia Vaughn.

College Colors Day kicks off the university's fall athletic season and gives Owls fans a chance to proudly show off their black and gold.

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.