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Korean Vice Minister for Education to visit local schools

Korean Vice Minister for Education to visit local schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Several Fulton County schools will host a visit from 12 Korean master teachers for a teaching exchange program. 

The program, according to a spokeswoman from FCS, is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Korean Ministry of Education Science and Technology. 

The program lasts for eight weeks, and helps Korean teachers to improve their English and class management skills. The Korean teachers will instruct along with Fulton County teachers, who will mentor and give feedback to the visitors. 

Ha Tae-Yun, Korean Vice Minister of Education will be in Atlanta on March 25 - 26 to meet with Georgia school teachers. 

Hapeville students take on fire extinguisher training

Hapeville students take on fire extinguisher training

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- Hapeville Middle schoolers will receive training from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Airport Division on the proper use of a fire extinguisher.

Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran said fire officials will host the training at the Airport Fire Division Headquarters at 9:00 a.m. on March 18 - 21. 

According to Cochran, fire extinguishers can save lives and property, but many students have yet to learn how to correctly use the tool. The training will cover how to make good decisions when a fire happens, and how to combat the flames using the extinguisher. 

Mont. educator admits to plagiarizing Fulton superintendent

Mont. educator admits to plagiarizing Fulton superintendent

FLORENCE, Mont. -- A western Montana school board is considering holding a special meeting to discuss the future of the superintendent following an act of plagiarism.

Florence-Carlton School District Board of Trustees chairwoman Pat Appleby says a decision will likely be made at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent John McGee apologized earlier this year for copying the work of Fulton County School System Superintendent Robert Avossa after an anonymous blogger posted a link to the Georgia official's writing. The column had to do with school safety following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

The blogger has since posted four other examples the newspaper reports appear to show additional instances of plagiarism by McGee.

An online petition has been started calling for McGee to be fired.

Schools to spotlight nutrition during National School Breakfast Week

Schools to spotlight nutrition during National School Breakfast Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools will recognize National Breakfast Week, which will be held Mar. 4-8 this year.

The school system has planned a Be a Star with School Breakfast-themed week of events, including contests and promotions designed to emphasize that eating a healthy breakfast can help children shine like their favorite actors and athletes.

Although National School Breakfast Week is only five days long, Fulton County Schools endorses eating a healthy breakfast year-round, according to Alyssia Wright, executive director of the district's school nutrition department.

"Students have the choice of a hot or cold nutritious breakfast entree paired with a choice of fresh fruit or 100% fruit juice and a choice of skim or low-fat milks," Wright said. "Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat and portion size."

Dozens of Fulton Co. science projects move on to state competition

Dozens of Fulton Co. science projects move on to state competition

FULTON COUNTY -- The Fulton County Schools Regional Science and Engineering Fair recently showed exhibits from over 235 student scientists and engineers.

At the county competition level, 48 students won first place, allowing them to advance to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia, where they will compete at the state level. The contest is scheduled for March 21-23, the times have not yet been announced.

As reported by a Fulton County spokeswoman, the state competition includes:  


Junior Division

Sophie Spiegel – Autrey Mill Middle School

Rinnah Sanders – Bear Creek Middle School

Ashwin Rathie – Haynes Bridge Middle School

Austin Stachowski – Hopewell Middle School

Amy Pollmann – Northwestern Middle School

Hill Belfi – Ridgeview Charter School

Animesh Koratana – River Trail Middle School

Bill Zhang and Raymond Zhu – River Trail Middle School

School closings to be addressed at forum

School closings to be addressed at forum

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Board of Education has planned two public information meetings to address the closings of three elementary schools in south Fulton.

Mount Olive Elementary and Oak Knoll Elementary, both in East Point, and Harriet Tubman Elementary in College Park are all slated to be closed and demolished no later than the end of the 2015-16 school year.

The three schools will be replaced by two new ones -- one at the site of the former College Park Elementary School and one at a to-be-determined location.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fulton County School Administrative Center in downtown Atlanta.

The second will be Thursday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Dunwoody Springs Elementary School in Sandy Springs.

Fludd Scholarship available to students

Fludd Scholarship available to students

TYRONE, Ga. -- Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) has renewed his Fludd Scholarship Award for high school students.

The monetary award is given annually to exceptional teens from Fayette and south Fulton counties, the areas Fludd represents.

"The scholarship program was created to recognize the academic performance and community service of students in the south metro area," Fludd said in a statement. "We are delighted to be able to continue this program and even more excited about helping these young people with their college careers."

More information about applying for the scholarship will be available soon at virgilfludd.org.

Money for the scholarship program comes from the annual Virgil Fludd Scholarship Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will be held Monday, Oct. 14 at Flat Creek Golf Club in Peachtree City.