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Transportation

Coweta schools to activate GPS tracking for buses

Testing

Orientation

Ruth Hill celebrates testing gains

Coweta Schools to hold orientation Aug. 3

By REBECCA LEFTWICH becky@newnan.com

Catching a school bus in the morning is about to become a little easier, thanks to GPS tracking technology. The Coweta County School System’s transportation department has created an online tool that will give parents continuously updated information about timing and delays of buses on morning routes. “It’s just for mornings right now, because we feel like that’s the most critical need, said Dean Jackson, the school system’s public information officer. “We anticipate expanding that to the afternoon at some later time.” Parents can visit the Coweta County School System’s website, www.cowetaschools.net , for a clickable link, then choose elementary, middle or high school and select a route. From there, they will be able to see if a bus is on time or delayed, whether a substitute has been dispatched, and any other information available, Jackson said. School starts Friday, Aug. 4 for the 22,000-plus students in the Coweta County School System, and officials also are urging drivers to take extra time and care around buses and students. “It always takes the first day or two for everyone to get used to school traffic,” said Judy Gresham, transportation manager for Coweta schools. “We ask that everyone keep in mind that buses will be on the road again, making stops in the morning and dropping students off in the

Last January, Ruth Hill Elementary School was classified as “chronically failing” by the state of Georgia after three consecutive years of scoring less than 60 on the soon-to-be-revamped College and Career Ready Performance Index. The local community – and supporters from beyond Coweta County – have rallied around the Newnan school, which is in the midst of a long-term improvement plan. The school system has provided extra resources for the teachers, students and families at the school. And based on the results of Ruth Hill’s Georgia Milestones tests, Principal Aaron Corley has some homework for Governor Nathan Deal. “Looks like the governor will have to spend some time finding new adjectives to describe Ruth Hill Elementary,” Corley said at a recent “pep rally” celebrating student success. Ruth Hill Elementary students made gains in every area covered by Milestones. Achievement highlights included: • Reading grew 20 percent from last school year, and Ruth Hill made the most gains of any school in the school system. Third-graders outperformed 14 of 19 schools in the system in reading and grew by almost 30 percentage points from last year. Students in fourth and fifth grades grew by 15 percent over last school year. • In math, third-grade scores improved 26 percent and fifth-grade scores improved 42 percent over last year. Third-graders outperformed 15 other schools in the system, putting Ruth Hill in the top five schools in the system. Scores were 13 points higher than the system average. Ruth Hill’s fifth-graders outperformed

TRANSPORTATION • 2A

TESTING • 2A

By REBECCA LEFTWICH becky@newnan.com

Parents and students will have the opportunity to visit schools and meet teachers on Thursday, Aug. 3, the day before the start of the Coweta County School System’s 2017-18 school year. School orientation will be held at separate times for Coweta’s middle, elementary and high schools.

The schedule is: Middle schools: 10 a.m. to noon Elementary schools: Noon to 2 p.m. High schools: 2-4 p.m. Orientation provides parents and students an opportunity to find their classrooms and meet their teachers before school starts on Friday, Aug. 4. Teachers will not be available for formal conferences during orientation. While many schools will hold additional back-to-school functions, all schools will hold student orientation at the indicated times Aug. 3. Links to individual school websites are available at www.cowetaschools.net . Representatives from the school system’s transportation department will be available at all schools during orientation and on the first day of school to provide information about bus schedules. School bus routes for the new school year also will be posted on the school system’s website before the start of school.

ORIENTATION • 2A


Transportation From page 1A

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Orientation

their children’s schools. Representatives will be available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at each elementary school. From page 1A Parents who need to register their children for school may do so before the start of the new school year at the Parents who wish to enroll their elementary-age school system’s Central Registration Center, located children in the school system’s tuition-based After at 167 Werz Industrial Drive in Newnan. For further School Program will be able to do so on Aug. 2-3 at information on registration, call 770-254-5551.​

Testing

From page 1A

t h o s e a t e i g ht o t h e r schools in the system, and the third and fifth grades had the highest growth of any elementary school in the system. • I n socia l studies, Ruth Hill students grew 21 percent f rom last school year and had the highest gains of any school in the system. • In science, Ruth Hill grew by almost 30 percent from last school year, o ut p e r f o r m i n g s e ve n other elementary schools in the system. Corley said he is proud of the scores, but prouder of what they represent. “ They represent the acknowledgement of hard work, they show that we can succeed and grow no matter what anyone around us may say or believe,” he said. “The scores show that when we work smarter, are open to new ideas, and believe in ourselves, nothing is impossible. Our scores show that we a re not defined by our circumstance and are not bound by our past.” Ruth Hill, identified as Coweta’s most struggling school, has received extra personnel and support. The school system has provided a second instructional coach and additional teachers to lower class sizes. Communities in Schools was established there la st year. School officials have employed a variety of improvement tactics from retired educators mentoring students to home visits by school represen-

tatives in an effort to prepare students for testing. “This community saw its school in need and didn’t come to us pointing a critical finger, but rather came to us with open hands asking how they could help,” Corley said. “For that I am eternally grateful.” The school offers tutori n g b e for e a nd a f t e r school each day as well as on Saturdays, additional paraprofessionals, academic parent-teacher teams, built-in f lexible instructional time not only for struggling students but for advanced and REACH students, and innovative handson activities in both the school’s media center and its computer/STEM lab. Corley said the pressure of underperforming students has united the staff and faculty of Ruth Hill. “ N o ne o f u s w a nt s this label to be associated with this school,” he said. “The kids work too hard and make too much progress. So we rallied around the school to see what we can do as a group. We’re constantly adjusting things if they’re not working.” Ruth Hill found a special ally in Casey Bethel, the 2017 Georg i a Te a c h e r o f t h e Year. Bethel, a science teacher at New Manchester High School in Douglasville, paid a visit to the school and help e d get student s excited for testing. He promised to return for

4afternoons. Everyone should leave a little earlier for work and school, drive safely and be mindful of buses and children.” Students who ride the bus the first day are advised to be at their neighborhood bus stops by 6:45 a.m. until regular pick-up times are established. After the first week of school, routes may be altered to follow ridership patterns. Online bus routes will be updated as necessary. Regular morning pickup times will become predictable as routes are established in the new school year. Pickup sites have remained mostly unchanged since last school year. Usually, if a home is on a street or cul-de-sac less than two-tenths of a mile long, students should wait for the bus on the nearest street corner. If a subdivision street or other neighborhood street is longer than two-tenths of a mile, bus stops are typically one-tenth of a mile apart. All parents should make sure teachers are aware of their students’ modes of transportation and destinations in the afternoons. Parents who plan to carpool or drive their children to school should expect longer lines for student dropoff on the first days and should plan accordingly. Every school has separate drop-off areas for bus traffic and car traffic, and drivers should be vigilant about steering clear of bus zones early in the school year. If parents are uncertain about student pick-up sites or have other questions, they are advised to call the school system’s transportation department at 770-254-2820.

PHOTO BY REBECCA LEFTWICH

Casey Bethel, Georgia’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, congratulates students at Ruth Hill Elementary School after hearing Georgia Milestones Assessment results.

their celebratory assembly, where he congratulated the students on their stellar efforts before ca r twheeled a nd toetouched his way around the gym and high-fived h i s w ay t h r ou g h t he crowd of students. Corley said it’s just the beginning for Ruth Hill, which a long w ith the rest of the schools in the

Coweta County School System will begin the 2017-18 school year on Friday, Aug. 4. “We will continue to baff le our critics, frustrate and confuse those who have low expectations for Ruth Hill, and gladly aggravate those who dare to put limitations on our kids and our school,” he said.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017  |  The Newnan Times-Herald — 1D

Coweta schools to increase lunch prices By REBECCA LEFTWICH becky@newnan.com School lunch prices are going up for students in the Coweta County School System. Elementary school lunch prices will increase from $2.60 to $2.75, while middle and high school lunch prices will increase from $2.85 to $3. Subsidies from the National School Lunch Program provide free and reduced lunches to qualifying students in participating school districts, like Coweta County. In return, the district is required to maintain “paid lunch equity,” meaning it must charge paying students an amount in line with the national subsidy for free lunches. Incremental increases in school lunch prices are necessary to ensure sufficient funds for the Coweta County’s nonprofit School Food Service Program to cover the cost of meals served to students who are not eligible for free or reduced lunches. “Years ago, they realized the reimbursable rate amounted to more than the amount they were charging students to eat,” Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker said. “They decided the paying rate needs to be in line with free and reduced lunch and they needed to correct this with incremental increases.”

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After-School Program registration Aug. 2-3 Registration for the Coweta County School System’s AfterSchool Program will be held Aug. 2-3 at each of the 19 elementary schools in the county. The After-School Program is a fee-based, space-available program offered to pre-K through fifth-grade students. It operates from 2:30-6 p.m. at each elementary school on days schools are in session. The program provides students with a

safe after-school environment that includes afternoon activities and snacks. Site coordinators for the AfterSchool Program will be available at each elementary school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2-3 to register students. Registration fee is $25 and must be received with a completed enrollment form. Representatives from the program will be available to answer questions about the 2017-

18 school year on Friday, Aug. 4. Tuition is $12 per day. However, tuition payments made by Friday prior to the week of attendance are $9 per day. The parent or guardian registering a child for the program will be responsible for all payments. For more information about the elementary After-School Program, visit www.cowetaschools.net or call 770-252-7016.​

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in the week.” Another way to watch what children are eating, but still give them free rein, is to cut or wash specific snacks ahead of time. Parents could prepare cut celery, pineapple, bell peppers, mangos or any whole fruit or vegetable that requires the use of knives. This way neither parents nor children have to worry about the children using sharp cutting utensils, the stove or oven. Then children can choose a prepared snack. When thinking of snacks kids could bring to an after-school day care or play date, it’s important to think about things that don’t need refrigeration. “ We need to think about foods that aren’t going to spoil,” Berg said. “Other snacks could be homemade trail mix, unflavored applesauce cups, previously popped popcorn or whole-grain cereals. Granola bars are also easily available and portable.”

There are a lot of different brands and flavors of granola bars, so it can be hard to choose the best or healthiest one, Berg said. She explained that it’s best to look for granola bars with at least 3 grams of protein and at least 2 grams of fiber. That way, the snack is tasty, yet still has nutritional value. Some great alternatives to packaged snacks are: Whole fruits Cheese and crackers Deli meats, such as lean turkey or ham Whole-grain cereal with milk Single-serve yogurt There are a variety of different options to consider when deciding what snacks children can make and eat when they are on their own. Erica Cooke is a student intern working with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension.

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© 2017 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 33, No. 33

Are you a careful reader? Read the article below and see if you can circle all seven errors. Then, rewrite the article correctly on the blank lines.

Saturn and the Rings With its colorful rings, Saturn is one of the most recognizable planets in our solar system. But depending on the time of year, the rings can play tricks with your eyes! Replace the missing words.

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One thing NASA knows about Saturn’s rangs is that they are made of ice and rock. But they aren’t sure how and when the rings forms. They think it might have something to do with Saturn’s many moon.

One of Saturns many moons has more than 100 geysers at its south pole.

Photo courtesy NASA

Color Saturn and its rings.

Saturn’s Rings

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aturn has seven large rings. Each ring is named for a letter of the alphabet.

The rings do not sit still. They spin around Saturn at very high speeds. A closer look shows that each large ring is made up of many small rings, these are called ringlets. Scientists think more rings could be discovered in the future.

USE THE CODE: SATURN’S RINGS ARE MADE OF 5

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Galileo and Disappearing Planets

When Galileo watched Saturn with his telescope 400 years ago, he noticed that the planet seemed to change over time.

After a couple of years, he couldn’t see what he thought were the two extra planets. But four years later, he saw what he thought were “handles” mysteriously appear.

Use this chart to answer these questions. DISTANCE FROM THE SUN

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spacecraft to explore Saturn. Cassini left Earth in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004. How many years did it take Cassini to get to Saturn?

Titan is the largest of Saturn’s moons. It is the only moon in our solar’s system known to have an atmosphere.

Cassini now orbits Saturn and sends back new pictures and information all the time. It has already taken more than 330,000 photos of Saturn!

He wrote, “I have discovered a most extraordinary marvel … the planet Saturn is not one alone, but is composed of three, which almost touch one another.” What he thought were extra planets, were actually Saturn’s rings.

Like the Earth, Saturn is tilted in relationship to the sun. Because of the tilt of Saturn and the thinness of the rings, every few years, the rings look like they have disappeared.

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Earth has only one moons. Saturn has at least 60 that we know of. One theory is that asteroids crashed into some of its moons and caused them to breek into pieces. The rings could be pieces of brokened moons.

Saturn was named after the Roman god of agriculture. Do the math to discover another common word named after this Roman god.

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Saturn Syllables

Saturn is a two-syllable word: Sat - urn. Each syllable has one vowel sound. Look through the newspaper for five or more words that have two syllables. Divide each word into its syllables. Standards Link: Research: Use the newspaper to locate information.

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ASTEROIDS COMPOSED GALILEO CASSINI SATURN PLANET MARVEL BROKEN ORBITS RINGS MOONS TILT ROCK GAS ICE

Saturn Adjectives Look through the newspaper to find five adjectives that describe Saturn.

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Hand-washing is still the best defense

Public Charter Schools Coweta Charter Academy 6675 Highway 16 Senoia, GA 30276 770-599-0228 www.cowetacharter.org Odyssey Charter School 14 St. John Circle Newnan, GA 30265 770-251-6111 www.odysseycharterschool.net

Private Schools Ave Maria Academy 1250 Lora Smith Road Newnan, GA 30265 678-590-1868 www.avemariaga.com Carolyn Barron Montessori School 195 Jackson Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-253-2135 www.cbms.net Central Christian School 3613 Highway 34 East Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-252-1234 www.cccrusaders.com The Heritage School 2093 Highway 29 North Newnan, GA 30263 770-253-9898 www.heritageschool.com Trinity Christian School Main Campus 8817 Highway 54 West Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-251-6770 Crossroads Campus 2564 Highway 154 Newnan, GA 30265 770-683-1307 www.tcslions.org

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For many children, heading back to school in the fall often means heading back to the world of sniffles, sneezes and coughs. When hundreds of students come together in the same building for the start of the school year, germs and viruses will be around, but that doesn’t mean families need to resign themselves to staying sick. “Proper hand-washing is one of the best ways to fight infectious diseases, such as colds and the flu as well as foodborne illnesses,” said Judy Harrison, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Parents should encourage regular hand-washing at home and at school to keep both their children and themselves healthy as the school year starts. Hand-washing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16 percent and reduce deaths from diarrheal disease by up to 50 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Wash Your Paws, Georgia!” is a hand-washing curriculum developed by UGA Extension. The program teaches proper hand-washing technique and helps educate families, educators and children on the importance of hand-washing. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agents and Georgia 4-H agents have implemented the program across the state. The program teaches students the importance of thorough hand-washing. More than 15,000 students, in classrooms and at club meetings, have taken part in the program. Hand-washing technique is

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important, Harrison said, and the CDC and the National Sanitation Foundation recommend a six-step process: Step 1: Wet hands with warm water. Step 2: Apply soap to hands. Step 3: Rub hands together, cleaning between fingers for at least 20 seconds. Step 4: Pay special attention to cleaning around fingernails. Step 5: Rinse the germs away. Step 6: Dry hands on a paper towel or using a hot air dryer, if one is available. Hand-washing songs can make the process more enjoyable for children and can help enforce proper technique. “Singing a hand-washing song twice or singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice should take about 20 seconds, the amount of time you should spend washing your hands,” Harrison said. Entertaining character soap

dispensers or a reward system for consistent hand-washing can further enforce the habit, Harrison said. Children should be taught to wash their hands after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, after handling animals and before touching food. Hand sanitizers — those that are at least 60 percent alcohol — can help, but Harrison urges parents not to rely on them alone. Hand sanitizers are not aas effective against visruses as they are against bacteria. “Hand-washing is the best defense, but if you don’t have access to soap and water, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used,” Harrison said. Knowing that not everyone will wash their hands means that students, teachers and parents should avoid touching their eyes and mouths before washing their hands so that they avoid

introducing new germs into their bodies. Also, parents, teachers and students should stay home if they are sick and should avoid contact with people for at least 24 hours after fevers subside without the help of fever-reducing medicines, Harrison said. Covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throwing away the tissue, then washing hands reduces the spread of germs, whether students are at home sick or stuck at school. For help supporting good hand-washing habits and to learn more about the “Wash Your Paws, Georgia!” curriculum, contact your local UGA Extension office by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1. (Merritt Melancon is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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Sunday, July 23, 2017  |  The Newnan Times-Herald — 5D

Bullying from a student’s perspective: Students don’t go through quality control (Georgia 4-H’er Olivia Forrest recently won first place in the high school division of the University of Georgia Safe and Welcoming Schools project’s first Bullying Prevention Essay Contest. For her accomplishment, Forrest was awarded a $25 Amazon gift card. The following is her winning essay.) In manufacturing, there is a department called “quality control.” Their job is to examine parts and determine if the part was made correctly. If the part was

not made correctly, it is rejected. Sometimes they work with the part to correct the flaws. Sometimes they throw it in the scrap heap. I was a rejected part due to my flaws. Most schools tossed me in the scrap heap. By the time I was 10 years old, I had attended eight schools. Students would do things to me to get a response, then deny it. My parents had no other options but to move until Doug Clark stepped in. Doug Clark was the principal at Bel-

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wood Elementary School in Calhoun, Georgia. He read my history and said, “I will take her.” He worked with me, my teachers and the school counselor to ensure my success. It was not a perfect school year. However, it was a successful school year. I completed the fifth grade. Middle school was very difficult for me. People provoked me to get a reaction. No one would believe my side of the story because I was an anomaly due to my temper. But Doug Clark said he had a place

for me when he was hired to be the principal at Gordon Central High School in Calhoun. I was then home-schooled in order to be free from the bullying. Then I returned to public school because I knew that Doug Clark would be there for me. (Cheryl Varnadoe is a state 4-H specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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