State School Superintendent John Barge picked students, including some from the midstate, to serve on the 2013-14 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet three times throughout the school year to discuss state policies effects on the classroom and other related issues.
Among them are Benson Anderson, from Warner Robins High School; Calen Dennis, from Dodge County High School; Eli Guidry, from Perry High School; Molly Lauritsen, from Veterans High School; Anna Stewart, from Hawkinsville High School; and Jacob Turner, from Perry High School.
Barge said in a statement that the Student Advisory Council is a great way for me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them. Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable. The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues.
Discussion about Heard Elementary set for Tuesday
Parents and community members are invited to a planning session for a new Heard Elementary School on Tuesday.
The discussion will start at 6 p.m. in the Heard auditorium at 6515 Houston Road, Macon. Others expected to attend include interim Superintendent Steve Smith, representatives of the systems capital improvement program, school board members and architects from SPDG Design Group.
College fair to be held next month
More than 75 colleges are expected for the PROBE College Fair next month.
The event is scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Middle Georgia State College. The fair aims to give students access to colleges and universities for a chance to learn more about the schools, admissions, scholarships, financial aid and information in other areas.
Students are encouraged to register in advance at www.gaprobe.org/students online, which will create a custom bar code that can save time filling out information cards. Students also are encouraged to find out what colleges at the fair they would be interested in, begin background research such as how many students attend and develop a list of questions to ask the colleges representatives.
Mercer to host lecture on Christian faith and modern science
Mercer Universitys sixth annual Perry and Betty Ginn Lectures on Christian Faith and Modern Science will be Sept. 24-26 on Mercers Macon and Atlanta campuses, and will feature David Christian, a noted historian.
The Ginn Lectures have added a challenging dimension to our programs in both Atlanta and Macon as we grapple with the ultimate questions of the origin and meaning of life, our place within the cosmos, and how our evolutionary history influences human religious experience, Alan Culpepper, dean of the McAfee School of Theology, said in a news release.
Christian will speak in Newton Chapel on the Macon campus at 10 a.m. Wednesday at on Big History: Where We Began (13.7 Billion Years Ago), Where We Are Heading, and Why It Matters.
He will speak in Cecil B. Day Hall on the Atlanta campus at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
State leaders to hold Common Core meeting
State Reps. Nikki Randall and James Beverly are planning a town hall meeting on the Common Core school curriculum. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at Central High School in Macon.
MGSC named a military friendly school
Middle Georgia State College has been named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list published by Victory Media. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace Americas military personnel, according to a news release.
Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Middle Georgia States commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students, Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran, said in the news release.
The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this years list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience, the news release said.
Thomas Middle assistant principal wins scholarship
Dustin Dykes, Thomson Middle School assistant principal of instruction, was recently presented the John Yates Scholarship at the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders conference this summer. He was awarded a plaque and $750, according to the news release. Each year, the organization awards two $750 scholarships to members currently enrolled in a college or university leadership degree program. Dykes is enrolled at Georgia State University working toward a doctorate degree in educational leadership.
Writers Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.