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6 back-to-school tips

6 back-to-school tips

ATLANTA -- As the first group of local students returns to class Thursday, Huntington Learning Center is giving parents six back-to-school tips.

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First, the center suggests getting kids to set goals. They should reflect on last school year and talk about what they would like to accomplish this year. It's a good time to talk about what they're excited about and also what worries them.

Second, Huntington says the desk and home should be organized. For example, create designated study areas and have all the resources students need, including a family calendar. When kids come home, a spot for backpacks, shoes and jackets is also ideal. 

Atlanta communities help students in need get school supplies

Atlanta communities help students in need get school supplies

ATLANTA -- Parents are in the Back to School swing as class start dates for local students are just around the corner. 

Organizations throughout Atlanta recognize that many children may lack school supplies and resources to get them before hitting the classroom. To help, several organizations are accepting donations of school supplies and giving them to kids in need. 

The United Methodist Children's Home provides school supplies to both children involved in their programs and Atlanta area children in need. If you are in need of school supplies in the Atlanta area contact Noelle Owen. To donate school supplies you may drop them off at the UMCH office in Decatur, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Noelle Owen: nowen@umchildrenshome.org

United Methodist Children's Home  500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30030  (404) 327-5820

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marketing management students at Chattahoochee Technical College now have the option of specializing in social media as part of their degrees.

Social media classes will be offered online this fall. The specialization includes a series of four courses: Exploring Social Media, Analyzing Social Media, Consumer Behavior and a marketing elective.

CTC marketing instructor Rick Nelson said social media is revolutionizing the field.

"Our marketing management programs will expose students to this technology and better prepare them for the new reality of marketing," he said. "No doubt our student population is very skilled at using Facebook, Twitter and other social media every day in their personal lives. We will prepare our students to be on the leading edge of utilizing these platforms to sell more products and services for their future corporate employers or in their own business ventures."

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

DALLAS, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Paulding County, the first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 1.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County
Rockdale County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

School district to hold training class for substitute teachers

School district to hold training class for substitute teachers

HIRAM, Ga. -- The Paulding County School District has planned a training session for those interested in being substitute teachers.

The session will be held Saturday, July 27 at 9 a.m. at Hiram High School. Online registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16.

A high school diploma or GED is required to be a substitute teacher in Paulding County.

Learn more and apply for the training class at paulding.k12.ga.us.

Hiram High School is located at 702 Virgie Ballentine Drive.

Chattahoochee Tech among top 2-year colleges

Chattahoochee Tech among top 2-year colleges

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech is one of the top 25 two-year colleges in the United States, according to a recent ranking.

The Cobb County-based technical college comes in at No. 25 on the list of 100, which is created every year by Community College Week magazine.

Chattahoochee Tech was scored on its certificates offered and the number of its students who finish their certification programs in one year or less.

The school also ranked No. 44 in the top 50 producers of associate degrees in the area of communications technology, technicians and support services, and No. 19 in the area of sales, merchandising and marketing.

Chattahoochee Tech has campuses in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Dallas, Jasper, Marietta and Woodstock. Learn more at chattahoocheetech.edu.

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Paulding County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 96.51
Math: 85.76
Science: 82.88
Social Studies: 87.87

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.