Education notebook: Students can test out of some courses

February 9, 2014 

Students can now test out of courses under a new exam option offered by the Georgia Department of Education, according to a news release from Houston County schools.

The Georgia Department of Education now offers students the opportunity to earn credit by exam for courses associated with End of Course Tests. The test-out option will be available for eligible students from March 3-6, and from June 16-20. The test fee is $50. Students must perform at the “exceeds” level, and those who make an “exceeds” will receive a full refund. The following courses allow the test-out option: ninth-grade literature, American literature, coordinate algebra, analytic geometry, physical science, biology, U.S. history and economics.

To qualify, the student cannot be currently or previously enrolled in the course or a higher-level class, must have earned a B or better in the most recent course that is the same content area as the test, must have received a teacher recommendation from that most recent course and parent permission if younger than 18.

“This state rule provides a wonderful opportunity for eligible students,” Superintendent Robin Hines said in a news release. “I encourage parents and students to carefully consider the knowledge and skills necessary for success in future coursework, as well as the student’s post-secondary plans, to decide if this option is a good fit.”

Georgia science teacher conference held in Macon

For the first time, Macon hosted the Georgia Science Teacher Association Annual Conference during the weekend. GSTA hosts a conference each year in February that’s offered to anyone involved with science education in the state. More than 1,000 attendees were expected, according to a news release.

“Macon is a good choice and a nice change of pace from Atlanta,” Sally Creel, director of GSTA, said in a news release. “We hope to come back to Macon in 2015.”

Mercer to host religion, integration symposiums

Mercer University is hosting several symposiums over the next month.

A symposium titled “Religion and Violence” will be the first event in a new series called “Intersections.” The goal of the series is to generate understanding and conversation around the intersections of religion and important contemporary issues, according to a news release.

The symposium will take place in the Medical School auditorium Monday at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will have Eimad Houry, professor of political science; Scott Nash, professor of New Testament, and Rabbi Larry Schlesinger, of Temple Beth Israel in Macon. The panelists will provide their thoughts on the topic from an interfaith perspective of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Additionally, Mercer University’s 10th annual Building the Beloved Community Symposium will be Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 and will be centered on the theme, “Looking Back and Moving Forward: 50 Years of Integration at Mercer,” according to a news release.

Sam Oni, the first black student admitted to Mercer, will be the keynote speaker for the symposium, which will begin with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Presidents Dining Room of the University Center and will be followed with a speech by Judge William C. Randall at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Centenary United Methodist Church. Oni will speak Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. in Newton Chapel. An opening banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Presidents Dining Room of the University Center with dinner by a panel discussion at 11 a.m. A noon luncheon will conclude the symposium, along with a response by David P. Gushee, professor of Christian ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer.

Admission to all events is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested for meals. To make a reservation for the Building the Beloved Community symposium, contact Trish Dunaway at 475-9506 or trishdunaway3@gmail.com by Friday.

Porter Elementary to host culture festival

Porter Elementary School will sponsor the “Taste of Porter with an Art and Jazz Twist” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the school. Festivities will include a jazz band and art gallery, as well as samples of food from a variety of cultures. There also will be an art station, where families can create their own art work.

Georgia College exhibit tells stories of influential African Americans

A new exhibit at Georgia College’s Sallie Ellis Davis House dubbed “Mate Masie: What I Hear I Keep,” will include 10 photo-text panels that tell stories of influential African-Americans.

The exhibit tells the story of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. It also showcases the life and accomplishments of Nat Love, Maya Angelou, Jacob Lawrence, Lena Horne, Joe Louis, Madam C.J. Walker, Langston Hughes and Daniel Hale Williams.

The traveling exhibit from the Tubman Museum in Macon will be displayed at the Sallie Ellis Davis House until Feb 28. Tours are available by appointment Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are based on the availability of the center. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for Georgia College faculty, staff, students and children younger than 6.

Georgia College to host Valentine’s Day concert

Georgia College & State University’s Max Noah Singers will host their eighth annual Valentine’s Day Rendezvous concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom. This year they have invited special guests Jeremy and Mary-Katherine Skidmore.

The event will feature a wide variety of love songs including “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles, “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan and others. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Writers Jenna Mink and Oby Brown contributed to this report.

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