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Sope Creek Elementary http://sopecreeklibrary.typepad.com/blogs/

Sope Creek Elementary School is one of the largest Cobb County Elementary schools with a population of about 1050 students. Sope Creek consistently ranks academically in the top ten among the seventy-one Cobb County Elementary Schools. Their diverse student population is represented by at least 50 different cultures, providing a rich environment for all learners. Sope Creek has outstanding parental involvement and support, as well as naturally talented children eager and ready to learn.

East Cobb Middle School www.cobbk12.org/EastCobb

East Cobb Middle School Principal David Chiprany announced today that his school has been removed from the Georgia Department of Education "Needs Improvement" list. Specific academic and attendance goals were achieved for two consecutive years putting East Cobb Middle in the "Adequate Yearly Progress" category.

ECMS enjoys tremendous cultural and economic diversity among our student body not found in other East Cobb schools. "Students experience what the real world is like everyday in their classrooms," says parent Anne Jones. "The positive result is that the kids acquire invaluable interpersonal skills and social experiences different from their own at a young age."

More than twenty languages are spoken at East Cobb Middle because of its Intensive English Learning Program; Non-English speaking students from all over Cobb county who have been in the United States for less than one year attend the school. Each child is required to take the same math test as native English speakers regardless of their prior educational experience. These scores count toward ECMS' regardless of the student's home school.

ECMS achieved overall improvements in all academic subject areas. Most notably reading scores increased by 4%, and math by .9%. Mr. Chiprany credits the students' success to his teachers' focus on differentiated instructional strategies; meeting the educational needs of all students at his/her individual learning ability.

Critics and proponents alike point to the new school head for his invaluable leadership and immense energy. PTSA President Mary Blackett has seen the school's transformation firsthand. "The enthusiasm and sense of school pride David has brought to the staff and students has been amazing."

ECMS Robotics and Science Olympiad News
ECMS FTC 7th grade Robotics team won 4th place at the Regionals! They were competing against 14 high school teams. Only two middle school teams were in the competition both from ECMS! The ECMS team that won went to the State competition where they were the only middle school team competing against 26 high school teams from not only Georgia, but also NC, Tenn, Miss., and AL!!! It was VERY Cool, their robot came in third place! If that isn't enough, last weekend was the Regional Science Olympiad Competition, and ECMS placed SECOND! They are now going to the State Competition in Augusta, March 27th. In addition, upcoming events include the F1 Racing (model cars) Regional competition on May 1st where both Wheeler and ECMS will be participating. Mr. Stillwell, the teacher who is responsible for starting the robotics programs at Wheeler, ECMS as well as Sope Creek and the F1 and Future Cities (another really cool science/math competition) just received the Georgia Department of Education 2009 Excellence in Innovative Teaching award!

Joseph Wheeler High School www.cobbk12.org/Wheeler

CONGRATULATIONS to Wheeler High School for making the list of "Top High Schools" in Atlanta for Science, Math, Technology and Fine Arts. The information below was written in the January 2009 issue of "Atlanta Magazine".

SCIENCE/MATH: The Center for Advanced Studies Magnet Program
Students at Wheeler Cobb County's Science, Math, and Technology Magnet can choose from classes in fields as diverse as engineering, robotics, medical biotechnology, chemical engineering, and communications/information technology. Wheeler interns have worked in Georgia Tech's neuroengineering and biomedical labs and have conducted cardiology research through the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University.

In addition to what was written in Atlanta Magazine, the Magnet program is part of the National Consortium of Science, Math and Technology Magnet Schools offering an advanced curriculum to highly motivated students. By junior year, Center students are taking classes typically found at the university level. Current students come from private, public and homeschool environments. The Center for Advance Studies is gaining national attention as a premier education opportunity. Visit the Magnet website at www.wheelermagnet.com

For the musically inclined, Wheeler offers a marching band that has performed on international stages, as well as a jazz band, symphonic bands, several orchestras, choirs, and numerous solo and ensemble groups. The award-winning drama and visual arts departments cover a range of disciplines, from musical, technical and children's theater to ceramics, sculpture, and photography.

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