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Arbor Place to host PROBE College Fair

Arbor Place to host PROBE College Fair

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- A national college fair is on its way to Douglas County.

Arbor Place Mall will host the PROBE College Fair from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

About 70 colleges, universities and technical colleges will be represented at the fair. All Douglas County high school students and their parents are welcome to attend.

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit the PROBE College Fair website and click "register now." Students must bring their completed registration pass in order to get into the fair.

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- You can do your part this week to curb Georgia's high school dropout rate. All you need to do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, proceeds from restaurants across the state will be donated to Communities in Schools of Georgia, an organization that encourages young people to complete their education and succeed in life.

The sixth annual Dine Out for Kids event hopes to exceed last year's total of $30,000 for children in the state.

Communities in Schools, which has chapters across the country, provides mentoring and after-school services, including parent education, literacy programs and youth leadership opportunities.

Participating Dine Out for Kids restaurants in Douglasville include:

2 Berry juniors earn research scholarships

2 Berry juniors earn research scholarships

ROME, Ga. -- Two rising juniors at Berry College have earned hefty research scholarships.

Kendra Macomber, an art history major from Douglasville, and Cydney Wilbanks, a biology major from Canton, each received $5,000 through the Richards Scholars program, which supports Berry students in their research endeavors.

Macomber will use her money to explore her interest in the role of the harem in 19th century art. Under the tutelage of Berry associate art professor Virginia Troy, she will study how European artists projected their views into the harems they painted.

Wilbanks' studies revolve around a newly observed disease phenomena on corals found in Samoa and Hawaii. She and associate biology professor Michael Morgan will use molecular techniques commonly used in cancer research to characterize the diseases and try to understand which genes play critical roles in coral disease development.

APS, Gwinnett students among those back today

APS, Gwinnett students among those back today

ATLANTA -- Georgia's largest school system, Gwinnett, is back in session this week, as well as Atlanta Public Schools and several others.

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We have some information you need to know as kids head back to class.

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When does the school year begin?

When does the school year begin?

ATLANTA -- Summer break is coming to a close for many Atlanta-area students.

In fact, three Atlanta elementary schools -- Boyd, Centennial and Hutchinson -- are already back in session; the year-round schools began the 2012-13 calendar on July 10.

The remainder of metro Atlanta's school districts will open their doors a little later.

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The first day of school for Douglas County is Monday, Aug. 6.

Other start dates include:

Monday, July 30
Rockdale County

End-of-Course Test results released

End-of-Course Test results released

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education released system-level results for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) Tuesday morning.

Parents and students can now visit the Georgia Department of Education's website to see how students in their school system performed. Results for individual schools will be released by July 31.

EOCT tests are more important than ever because they have replaced the graduation tests that kept many students from getting a diploma.

The tests now count for 20% of a student's final grade, up from 15%.

By 2015, students will have to pass all eight tests, spread over their course of their high school careers, to graduate.

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."