The Student Council of Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek challenged the families and staff of Wilson Creek to “Pack the Principal’s Office with Toys!” during the month of December. The school’s families donated over 407 new toys for needy children. As donated toys arrived, they were stored in principal Andrea Cushing’s office, covering most of the floor, and all the tables and chairs. Every school day, students and staff were updated on the progress of the drive during the morning news show.
Atlanta Heights Charter School received an Eagle Award from National Heritage Academies, a national charter school management company. Eagle Awards recognize high performing schools in a number of categories, including employee engagement, enrollment and attrition, academic growth and state accountability. Atlanta Heights earned the award for employee engagement. “The Employee Engagement Eagle Award means that our faculty is vetted and committed to working together to create a positive workplace where teaching and learning is the focus of our community, ” said Melissa Jones Clarke, principal at Atlanta Heights Charter in a news release. “For our staff, teaching and working with the students to help them learn and grow isn’t just a job, it is their passion, and I am proud of each of them.”
Four Woodward Academy Middle School students have been selected to exhibit with Paul Angelo Vogt, middle school art teacher, at North Georgia College and State University. The students are: Cheyenne Early, eighth grade, black/white digital photograph; Shelby Etkind, eighth grade, color digital photograph; Jonathan Fitch, seventh grade, color digital photograph and Alexa Flesch, eighth grade, black/white digital photograph. The Georgia Art Educators and their students exhibition is an annual, juried event. The exhibition runs from Jan. 8-24 in Price Memorial Hall at NGCSU in Dahlonega.
Woodward Academy senior Charles “Chaz” Todaro recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout for Troop 631. He is the fourth Woodward Academy student in the troop this year to earn the highest ranking, joining seniors Khatan Cheti, Thomas Giornelli and Alex Robinson.
After a rough week in Washington, President Barack Obama came to rainy Atlanta on Sunday to be with a friendlier crowd, becoming the first sitting president to give the commencement address at Morehouse College.