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School is (almost!) out in Paulding County

School is (almost!) out in Paulding County

DALLAS, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Paulding County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 24.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County

5K to benefit Paulding Education Foundation

5K to benefit Paulding Education Foundation

HIRAM, Ga. -- The Paulding Education Foundation will hold a 5K Pep Rally fundraiser next month.

The race will be held Saturday, Apr. 20 at the Hiram Trailhead of the Silver Comet Trail.

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The fun will begin at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a family-friendly festival with bounce houses, Wii Fit competitions and more.

Entry is $20; participants can also run for free if they choose not to receive a T-shirt.

Learn more and sign up for the race at pauldingeducationfoundation.com.

The Hiram Trailhead is located at 531 Seaboard Avenue. Overflow parking will be available at Hiram Elementary School.

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education launched the Teachers Resource Link (TRL) on Tuesday, giving educators access to digital resources that go along with Georgia's K-12 curriculum.

Mat Cardoza of GaDOE Communications reported that the TRL was developed to help facilitate teachers when they look for digital materials for students to use, based on their academic performance. By using the TRL, the state can quickly find those resources the students need to excel in the classroom.

There are 18,000 digital resources currently that make up the TRL, based on Georgia standards for K-12 teachers, Cardoza said. Every teacher has the same information coming from the same knowledge base. 

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said, "These kinds of tools are invaluable because they save our teachers a tremendous amount of time and will ultimately help our students be college and career ready because they are getting the best instruction possible."

Paulding school officials investigate social media threats

Paulding school officials investigate social media threats

DALLAS, Ga. -- Paulding County officials are investigating reports of threats involving East Paulding High School that were posted on social media.

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office said they began receiving calls late Tuesday night that messages had been posted on Twitter that mentioned the school and a gun.

The sheriff's office contacted school officials and posted extra officers at the school Wednesday morning. The officers were looking for any weapons and keeping a general eye on the situation at the school.

Paulding County Associate Superintendent of Schools Brian Otott said no weapons were found on the school's campus, and the school was never placed on lockdown.

Investigators said four students at the school and their parents were questioned in connection with the threats.

School officials wouldn't reveal the contents of the messages or who posted them.

Teacher is superhero to his students

Teacher is superhero to his students

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- When all three of your children are the same age, you want to make sure they're each treated as individuals.

Just ask Dan and Stephanie Schulze.

Their 9-year-old triplets (one girl and two boys) are in Griffin Nichols' four grade class at New Georgia Elementary.

"They are all very different," said Dan. "All three have very different learning styles and strengths/weaknesses.

Proof came recently during a class period with Nichols teaching volume and capacity. After working with the students on problems on the board and worksheets, he had them create "Gallon Guy" and "Gallon Girl" out of construction paper.

"Like it's Superman and he has his crest in the center," said Nichols.

The arms and legs on their individual "superheroes" represented quarts, while the hands and feet were pints and the fingers and toes represented cups.

Hiram HS student wins T-shirt design contest

Hiram HS student wins T-shirt design contest

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- A Hiram High School student has won this year's Paulding Education Foundation T-shirt design contest.

Allyson B. was recently named the winner for her lightbulb drawing. She now has the opportunity to work with a graphic artist to turn her concept into a design that will grace the T-shirts for the Foundation's 5K.

The school district said Allyson's submission was picked because it incorporates all the elements promoted by the event: school spirit, excitement and education, not to mention running.

See all of the design contest's finalists at pauldingeducationfoundation.com.

2 Paulding schools honored for AP scores

2 Paulding schools honored for AP scores

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Paulding County public high schools have been recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for their achievement on Advanced Placement exams.

Hiram High and North Paulding High were both named AP STEM Schools and AP STEM Achievement Schools. The distinctions are given to schools that offer at least two Advanced Placement math and science classes, and 40 percent of the students who take the classes' national exams earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

"We applaud our students' performance and our district's continued encouragement for participation in Advanced Placement," Paulding County School District Superintendent Cliff Cole said in a statement. "These courses help students develop college-level academic skills, and passing scores help students earn college credit."