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High school sports get a new 'beat'

High school sports get a new 'beat'

ATLANTA -- In just one week, Atlanta-area high school sports will get a new beat.

Beats Battle, the brainchild of atlanta.highschoolsports.net and Patchwerk Recording Studios, will give high school students the chance to use their talents to show pride in their schools and teams.

Each week Patchwerk will provide different beats on atlanta.highschoolsports.net. Students can download the beats, add lyrics that praise their favorite high school teams and upload their products to the Web.

Voters can visit atlanta.highschoolsports.net to select a weekly winner. At the end of the season, one grand prize winner will receive recording time in the legendary Patchwerk Studios.

Proposed AP French, German textbooks on display

Proposed AP French, German textbooks on display

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Parents are invited to come and review Advanced Placement textbooks being considered for future use in Fulton County high schools.

The College Board, which coordinates the AP program, is making changes to its French and German national exams, requiring new texts to be adopted.

Starting Thursday, Sept. 15, the books -- Face-à-face: Conversation et rédaction and Aspekte -- will be available for review and comment at two locations:

* Fulton County Schools Administrative Center (786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta/East Point)

* Milton Center/Independence High School media center (86 School Drive, Alpharetta)

Both books were vetted by a World Languages textbook screening committee last May; they also align to the new AP exams. They will be on display until Saturday, Oct.

Color your way to a college scholarship

Color your way to a college scholarship

ATLANTA -- Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon in his or her educational journey. It creates a foundation for activity and a lifetime of learning.

This September, coloring can also help create a financial foundation.

One lucky Georgia child will join Kendall Lapinskas of Dunwoody and Taylor Boyd of Covington in winning a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

ATLANTA -- With the arrival of several new stores this month, Subway celebrates the opening of more than 500 stores in Metro Atlanta since its first location in 1977.

This milestone is a testament to the Subway brand and the franchisees who have made it so successful in the Atlanta area -- not to mention the world, as Subway is the planet's largest restaurant chain with over 34,000 locations.

"We continue to offer a dining experience that meets the changing tastes and needs of our loyal patrons, so it is no surprise to see this important achievement," said Christi Estis, director of operations for Subway Development of Atlanta. "We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our model franchisees and employees.

Student performance on ACT plateaus

Student performance on ACT plateaus

ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.

Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.

About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.

Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.

Fulton school board boundary lines changing

Fulton school board boundary lines changing

FULTON CO., Ga. -- The Fulton County School Board discussed how to redraw its representation boundaries at its most recent work session.

This process, called reapportionment, is necessary every 10 years to comply with legal requirements. Population changes can create unequal representation among districts, so the board is redrawing its boundaries to balance it.

The draft maps were unveiled Wednesday:

North Fulton draft
South Fulton draft

The maps show existing boundaries outlined by a thick black line.

School board announces August community meetings

School board announces August community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for August:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Monday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Teaching Museum North (793 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Creek View Elementary School (3995 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
No meeting in August

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, Aug.