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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
They say “everyone has a book inside of them,” but I never thought that was me until the day I started to write. It’s not that I believe my story is a remarkable page-turner; instead, I think it’s the opposite – very common.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
Rockdale’s sharpest readers went head to head in the Rockdale County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on January 27, 2018 at Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers, Ga. Lorraine Elementary won first place among 11 elementary school teams. Barksdale Elementary won second place and Shoal Creek Elementary won third place.Read More
Sunday 05/20 40%
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Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 86F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
Monday 05/21 50%
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Rain showers in the morning with scattered thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. High 78F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Tuesday 05/22 50%
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Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 77F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.