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FMSA and Sandy Springs church partner for Thanksgiving

FMSA and Sandy Springs church partner for Thanksgiving

First Montessori School of Atlanta has partnered with the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church on its annual Thanksgiving Outreach Project. The church expects to provide a warm and nourishing meal for more than 350 homeless and needy individuals in the Sandy Springs area from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 22. The church is located on Mount Vernon Highway.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Documentary on tobacco addiction comes to Fulton County

Documentary on tobacco addiction comes to Fulton County

ATLANTA -- Tobacco use is responsible for 87% of lung cancer deaths, most cases of chronic obstructive disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, 21% of all coronary heart diseases and kills more than 400,000 Americans each year, with about 700 of those deaths occurring in Fulton County.

Georgia Tech heading to ACC Championship Game

Georgia Tech heading to ACC Championship Game

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami is self-imposing a postseason ban for the second straight year in response to a lengthy and ongoing NCAA investigation into the school's compliance practices.

University officials announced the decision Monday morning, shortly before the Hurricanes (6-5) started practice for what now is their season-finale at Duke this weekend.

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Miami's decision effectively ends the ACC's Coastal Division race; Georgia Tech will play Florida State for the ACC crown and an Orange Bowl berth.

By self-imposing another ban, Miami is hoping to lessen the hit of any looming sanctions that could be handed down by the NCAA. It's surely a disappointment for the Hurricanes, since Miami still had a chance to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

FMSA family and community enjoy fall activities

FMSA family and community enjoy fall activities

Families, students, and the community recently enjoyed a fun-filled fall day at First Montessori School of Atlanta's 18th Annual Montessori Mile. In addition to road races, the Saturday activities included gardening, a Family Festival, a Chili Cook-off and a Soles4Souls shoe collection drive. Participants also contributed to Middle School student Sarah Tolchin's ongoing effort to collect funds for Pennies for Peace and purchased homemade nut-free basil pesto made by Livia Osorio’s Upper Elementary class.

Parents and students competed in the first-ever FMSA Chili Cook-Off. Marcell Lubsey earned bragging rights and a Golden Ladle for the best-tasting chili.

Winning runners in the children's events were (1st) Matt Fumo and Amy Soba; (2nd) River Ross and Annie Ingham; and (3rd) Jack Friedline and Alexandra Lubsey.

FMSA Students Collect Eyeglasses for OneSight

FMSA Students Collect Eyeglasses for OneSight

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The First Montessori School of Atlanta Kids Care Club recently collected 145 pairs of eyeglasses to benefit OneSight, a family of vision care charities dedicated to providing healthy vision, eyewear and sun protection to people in need around the world.

The FMSA Kids Care Club is comprised of 25 students, who range in age from six to eleven years old. The club empowers children to help better our world by sponsoring and participating in hands-on service projects.

The eyewear collected during the month-long drive included reading glasses, bifocals, sunglasses and non-prescription glasses, said Kids Care Club Coordinator Heather South. The glasses were given to LensCrafters to distribute through OneSight.

Want to know what a day as a school principal is like?

Want to know what a day as a school principal is like?

FULTON COUNTY -- Fulton County has chosen 82 schools to become "Principal for a Day," an annual event, as part of American Education Week, from November 12-16.

According to Fulton County Schools, community leaders around the area have a fun way of knowing what a school principal takes on from day to day. As they play the role of a school administrator, the leaders will get to carry out administrative duties, while learning the demands and rewards of being an educator in charge of a school.

Some of the activities set up for the "Principals" include staff meetings, parent conferences, classroom observations, lunchroom monitoring and carpool duty.

"Fulton's real-life principals will hand over the keys to the school not only to share their school's success and challenges, but also to solidify future partnerships that strengthen the education experience for all," said a spokesperson for Fulton County Schools.

SACS restores accreditation to Atlanta Public Schools

SACS restores accreditation to Atlanta Public Schools

ATLANTA -- All the high schools in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) are accredited, once again.

AdvancED, the parent company of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), has moved the school system's status from "Accredited in Advisement" to "Accredited."

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A spokesperson for AdvancED explained the Accredited status means high schools in Atlanta Public Schools are now fully meeting "Standards for Accreditation" as determined by SACS.

In January 2011, SACS placed Atlanta on probation and labeled the district's school board as dysfunctional.