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Auburn University Students Visit Georgia Tech Construction Site; Learn About Careers in Construction

On Oct. 25, students from Auburn University’s Building Sciences program learned about career opportunities in the construction industry while touring an active construction site in Atlanta, the new G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons on the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) campus.

The students are members of the Auburn student chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (Alabama chapter). The AGC is the nation's largest and oldest construction trade association, providing Building Science students with activities that compliment their in-class curriculum.

Turner Construction is managing construction of the new Undergraduate Learning Commons. The Clough Commons will be a general classroom building for thousands of students studying physics, chemistry and biology.

Seven British Teachers visit APS Schools, this week

From October 25th until the 29th, seven public school teachers from Cornwall, England will visit six Atlanta Public Schools (APS) schools as part of an international exchange of educational practices and idea.

The British teachers are scheduled to visit Coretta Scott King and Kennedy middle schools and Dunbar, Smith Primary, Jones and Parkside Elementary schools. The British Department of Children, Schools and Families funded this trip and it was organized by the British Council, which arranges educational trips abroad for British teachers around themes relevant to their schools.

The British teachers plan to visit schools in small groups of between one and three individuals spread over the five-day period among the six APS schools.

Hiram High School Students Learn About Careers in Construction

Theresa Schroeder of Turner Construction visited Hiram High School as part of Careers in Construction Week, talking with the students about career opportunities in the construction industry.  She also talked with them about the A.C.E. Mentoring initiative, a program that encourages high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.

Mock Trial Team Wins Invitational High School Mock Trial Championship Tournament

Twelve students from Henry W. Grady High School represented Grady High School at the Empire City International Invitational High School Mock Trial Championship Tournament. 

This championship, dubbed “The Empire", involved prestigious high school mock trial teams from 30 different schools representing 5 different countries and 18 different states.

Grady’s team entered the competition as a top seed and after four rounds, against accomplished teams from around the world, the Grady Team kept its initial top ranking and seeding -- undefeated and untied, winning 11 of the 12 possible ballots through all preliminary rounds. And due to a tie breaker during the final round, Grady walked away as World Champions.

New Director of Athletics for Atlanta Public Schools

Jeff Beggs was recently named the new Director of Athletics for the APS school district. He will be responsible for leadership of the interscholastic sports program, sports training and aiding in healthy competition throughout all grade levels.

Beggs has an extensive 31-year background as a system-level athletic director, a high school athletic director, head coach, assistant principal and teacher for a number of schools and school districts in the state.  Also, he currently serves as president of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA), where he is also a member of the GADA Board of Directors.

FMSA Partners With Habersham Gardens

First Montessori School of Atlanta and Habersham Gardens recently welcomed the fall planting season with a special art exhibit. Students, ages 6-14, displayed more than 100 colorful pieces of art and paper pinwheels throughout the garden center.

Students wrote their thoughts about war, peace, tolerance and living in harmony with others on one side of the pinwheels. On the other side, they drew, painted or collaged something that expressed their feelings about the subjects.

"We teach students at First Montessori School of Atlanta that they are stewards of the environment," says Head of School Jerri King. "Habersham Gardens provided a natural and beautiful backdrop for showcasing the students' work."

To learn more about the school, go to www.firstmontessori.org.

The Colorful Arts Society, Inc. host Scholarship Fundraiser Gala, Sunday Oct. 17

The Colorful Arts Society, Inc. (CAS), a nonprofit arts organization supporting the metro-Atlanta area, will host its Eleventh Annual Fundraiser Gala Concert and Scholarship Awards Program on Sunday, October 17, 2010.

The evening will begin with the silent auction reception from which proceeds will help to fund the organization’s scholarship program and year-round calendar of cultural events. This year’s scholarship recipients will be multicultural students chosen from accredited colleges, universities or high schools. Consideration for this year’s scholarship includes a one-act play.

The event will be held at 4:30 PM at The Opera Event Center (1150 Crescent Avenue, Atlanta).