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Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

Metro Atlanta's Dreamers include:

Power restored at Cobb County schools

Power restored at Cobb County schools

MARIETTA, Ga -- Weather-related issues plagued three Cobb County Schools today who had to start the day without electricity.

"It was pitch black when we came in (school) and we had to go into the gym to wait until they got the electricity working, but it wouldn't work," said Gaven Allen, a first grader at Mountain View Elementary.

The district bused about 800 Mountain View Elementary students to Lassiter High School's Concert Hall.

A Georgia Power spokeman says a tree fell on power lines in the East Cobb community, stripping power to about 2600 customers, including the schools.

School officials gave parents the option of picking up kids and Heather Carman decided to get hers.

"They were worried about there was no food and no heat," said Carman, mother of a fourth grader and a first grader.

By the time the Mountain View buses arrived at Lassiter, the power returned to Mountain View.

Walker School student wins 2014 Water Essay Contest

Walker School student wins 2014 Water Essay Contest

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Emma Camp, a 7th grader at The Walker School in Cobb County has been named the District-wide winner in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District 2014 Water Essay Contest. She received a $500 prize for her essay.

This is the 13th year MNGWPD has sponsored the annual Water Essay Contest. Over the years, the Water Essay Contest has engaged thousands of middle school students and challenged them to think critically about water and our region’s water resources. This year’s contest focused on the importance of water quality and water quantity. Students were asked to address the following statement, “Explain why water quantity (how much water we have) and water quality (how clean the water is) are equally important. Over 1,900 students from across the metropolitan area submitted essays.

Walker School students to participate in day of giving

MARIETTA, Ga. -- On Dec. 18, some 280 students at The Walker School -- in grades 1 through 5 -- will participate in a “Day of Giving” in support of five local nonprofit organizations (Powers Ferry Elementary School, Books for Africa, The Hope Center, Meals on Wheels, and the AFLAC Cancer Center at CHOA).

As a part of its overall goal of building a well-rounded educational experience, the Cobb independent school encourages and provides opportunities for students to be active student-led in community service projects.     

Representatives from the organizations will gather with the Lower School community at 12:45 p.m. to receive the donations and share the impact that students' work has on their organization and people in need.      

The projects serve other young people, new moms, and others in need:

Graduation rates: Cobb County

Graduation rates: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Cobb County's 2014 graduation rate is 78.2 percent. At 96.2 percent, Harrison High School in Kennesaw has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Cobb County include: