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Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

FULTON COUNTY -- For parents planning to apply for a 2013-14 hardship transfer, or to renew current hardship to another elementary, middle or high school in Fulton County, applications will be available January 4, with the deadline for submitting them on February 15, by 4:30 p.m. 

Forms are available online, on the Fulton County School's "Parents" page. Here, parents can print off the form and sign it, then deliver it to the Fulton County Schools' Student Assignment Office, c/o Meadows Operations Center at 5270 Northfield Blvd. College Park, GA 30349. The form can be faxed to the same address at (404) 763-5547.

Flu vaccine available at Fulton County health centers

Flu vaccine available at Fulton County health centers

ATLANTA -- Flu season is here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), now is the time to make sure you're protected. The agency says flu season is ramping up early this year - for the first time in almost a decade and Fulton County Health Services encourages residents (ages 6 months and older) to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated. Vaccines are available at six health centers from 8:00am – 4:00pm through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness.

Residents can get the flu vaccine or the nasal mist (age 2 to 49 years) for $25.  Visa and Master Card (credit and debit), Medicaid, Cigna, United Health care and cash are accepted forms of payment.

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

ATLANTA -- You have seen them on NBC television network reality series “America’s Got Talent” and if you are a reality-show junkie, you remember them sharing  their high-energy dance experience with singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and Attorney Phaedra Parks in connection with their travels to South Africa on BRAVO cable network top-rated reality series “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

Now, the 19-year Atlanta-based ensemble GIWAYEN MATA, is going  to bring their ‘contagious’ high energy drum and dance to the Southwest Arts Center for Father's Day. Between educating audiences about African traditions and breaking barriers as an all-sistah ensemble in a male dominated percussion industry, its no wonder Creative Loafing Magazine named them "Best Local World Music Act" three times!

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

ATLANTA -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Fulton County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Friday, May 18.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

19 Fulton schools offering Open Enrollment

19 Fulton schools offering Open Enrollment

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The deadline to apply for a transfer among Fulton County's 19 Open Enrollment schools is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

Open Enrollment is part of Georgia's Quality Basic Education Act, a 2009 referendum that allows the parents of K-12 students in Fulton County to enroll in another school within the district if space permits.

Parents will be notified if their children are selected for a transfer by Saturday, June 30. If chosen, parents must provide their own transporation to get their kids to the new schools.

Participating schools include:

Elementary
Bethune ES, College Park
Birmingham Falls ES, Milton
Conley Hills ES, East Point
Findley Oaks ES, Johns Creek
Hapeville ES
Hamilton E. Holmes ES, East Point
Liberty Point ES, Union City
Medlock Bridge ES, Johns Creek
Oakley ES, Union City
Renaissance ES, Fairburn
Shakerag ES, Johns Creek

Cleveland Avenue Elementary to hold mother-daughter ball

Cleveland Avenue Elementary to hold mother-daughter ball

ATLANTA -- To celebrate the beautiful young women of Cleveland Avenue Elementary, the school will hold a mother-daughter ball at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The event is sponsored by Rita McGlothin, a teacher in the school's gifted program. McGlothin founded Just Be Beautiful, a non-profit organization that mentors girls and emphasizes their positive character traits.

The ball is designed to celebrate the end of a school semester and the beginning of the holiday season. Mothers and daughters who attend will participate in activities that focus on togetherness, self-awareness, communication and healthy relationships.