Category: Education

Introduction to Homeschooling 101

When it comes to choosing the educational path for their children, Georgia families have many options. While most people are familiar with the traditional brick and mortar public school, not all families find this a good fit. Thankfully, with just a little research and maybe some trial and error, they can find an alternative that works both for the family and the student.

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Educating Exceptional Children by Nadra Powell

Children are amazing. They are energetic, eager to learn, and creative. Teaching these unique individuals can be a fun and rewarding experience that cannot be compared in value to any other profession. Speaking of these precious gems, children are uniquely created. They vary in shades, personalities, and even in disabilities.

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Awareness by Melissa Carter

In our hands, throughout the day we have devices that will give us any bit of information we desire at any given moment. Did my team win the game? What type of smoothie will help me lose weight? What is the name of the female Smurf? Literally, you can find out anything with a click of a mouse. Now we can even ask “Alexa.” Is it possible that with all this information we have lost some, or maybe most, of our awareness?

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Understanding Educational Entertainment By Dr. Nadra Powell

Edutainment is a nonsensical word often used by teachers to emphasize that entertainment should be educational and education should be entertaining. Children today seem to bore quite easily. They love to use that phrase to describe a lack of interest or desire in a particular task. Parents and teachers have begun to use devices as a primary source of entertainment for children. Tablets, IPads, cell phones, E-Readers, and other electronic devices are exposed to children as soon as they develop an interest.  Children, as young as six months old, are often able to navigate technological devices, including unlocking and accessing apps. While experts may differ in opinion that exposure to hours of device usage is harmful, I argue that what they are exposed to on the device is more crucial than exposure to the device itself.

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Feeding the Body and Community Spirit

It was a celebration of the arts and an outpouring of community spirit at the 7th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner fundraiser and Canned Food Drive at Gen. Ray Davis Middle School February 15, 2018. Participating families raised $1,000 and donated many boxes of non-perishable foods for the Rockdale Emergency Relief food pantry.

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Fairview Elementary Media Specialist Jennifer Cole Named 2018 NCSS Media Specialist of the Year

Fairview Elementary School media specialist Jennifer Cole is Newton County School System’s (NCSS) 2018 Media Specialist of the Year. The Library Media Specialist of the Year Award recognizes individual excellence in the library media field through service to students, teachers, and the community at the K-12 levels. Cole will now represent Newton County Schools in the South Metro District Library Media Specialist of the Year competition, part of the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year program.

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Georgia Schools are Invited to Apply for a School Makeover from Georgia United Credit Union’s School Crashers Program

Accredited public or private elementary, middle and high schools in Georgia and their supporters are encouraged to apply for a school improvement project that will be funded by Georgia United and involve school and community volunteers to “crash” their school. Nominations are accepted Wednesday, March 14, through Friday, April 13, 2018.

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6 RCPS Schools Named Reward Schools

Conyers, Ga. –  Six schools in Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) – one-third of schools in the district – have been named to the Georgia Department of Education Reward Schools list, an honor given to top-performing Title I schools. Barksdale Elementary and Lorraine Elementary are listed as “Highest Performing” schools. C. J. Hicks Elementary, Flat Shoals Elementary, Pine Street Elementary and General Ray Davis Middle School are listed as “Highest Progress” schools. Most of these schools have been named Reward Schools for multiple consecutive years.

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Love of Learning

Being both a teacher and a mom, I found myself combining learning opportunities into household commands. Brush your teeth. Take a Bath. Do your homework. Read a book. Though my children love reading, after a while, I began to get grunts from them because of the authoritative way in which they were asked to read. One day while researching online, I stumbled on an article entitled, “10 Ways to Inspire a Love of Learning” by Carri Schneider. After reading the article, I began to ask myself, “Has learning become a chore for my little ones?” I knew that my heart’s desire was to instill a love of life-long learning in my children.  Here are Schneider’s helpful tips to building a love of learning:

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Wow, thank you to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which, through a partnership with Georgia United Credit Union, recently gave a generous donation of more than 14,000 pounds of school supplies to Rockdale County Public Schools! These supplies include crayons, folder, notebook paper, pencils, and glue that will help classrooms in all RCPS schools. ... See MoreSee Less

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If you've driven by the shopping center at the intersection of Old Salem Road and Highway 138, you've probably seen a new fresh bakery called The SugarMill, Inc.! We love The Sugar Mill and we can't get enough of their fresh pastries, cakes and cheesecakes. In fact, when we were out distributing the new edition of The Metro Times, we stopped by for a slice of one of their delicious cakes. Stop in and have some friendly conversation, while enjoying some coffee and a giant cinnamon roll. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our library was rocking this morning with magician Ken Scott and his side kick, Croco. The room was packed! After the show, everyone went to the amphitheater to grab lunch from Summer Lunch Program and learn from MaryBeth Hornbeck, with Fun with Fresh Food. Check this page and our website calendar(www.conyersrockdalelibrary.org)to stay up to date on all of the exciting things happening here. See you soon! ... See MoreSee Less

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