The Dodge County Board of Education is surveying local residents to gauge interest in adopting a four-day school week next year before its Feb. 25 work session.
After Wilcox County announced its plans to adopt a four-day school week, Superintendent Darrel May said the board decided to seek local input. No definitive plans have been made.
The school board plans to develop its calendar for the upcoming school year at its March session.
“We’re doing what most other boards of education in the state of Georgia (are) doing: looking at budget cuts and meeting the needs of our students,” May said.
Georgia College to explore grading scale revision
According to The Colonnade, Georgia College & State University’s student newspaper, Georgia College might be among several public universities in Georgia to change its current grading scale, if the state Board of Regents approves.
The student paper reported that colleges in the University System of Georgia are gradually adopting a cumulative grading scale called the plus/minus grading system. Grades will be assigned a letter value with the numerical average with an A+, A-, B+, B-, etc., option, for example. The University of Georgia and Georgia State University are piloting the new grading scale, and it may reach Georgia College as early as 2011, the student newspaper reported.
Ken McGill, chairman of the college’s chemistry and physics department, told The Colonnade that the regents’ decision to adopt the cumulative grading scale will make all credits earned at Georgia College transferable to other schools in the university system.
And it may be beneficial for those students on the borderline between grades.
“Students have perceptions that the plus/minus system may help borderline grades and GPA,” McGill said. “But this grading system can work either way.”
Mercer law team sweeps moot court competition
A team of law students at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law swept the Charleston School of Law National Moot Court Competition recently, winning the team championship, best respondent’s brief and best oralist.
According to a university news release in the closing rounds, the team, composed of third-year law students Falen Cox and Emily Macheski-Preston, defeated law school teams from the University of Florida, DePaul University and Florida Coastal.
“This victory is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student competitors and the student coaches,” said Mercer law school associate professor Suzianne Painter-Thorne, the team’s faculty coach.
Moot court teams from 19 law schools participated in the national competition, including teams from Duke University, Florida State University, New York University, the University of South Carolina and Yeshiva University.
Mercer campus newspaper racks up five awards
Mercer University’s campus newspaper received five awards from the Georgia College Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest during a conference in Athens on Feb. 5-6.
Among the awards The Cluster received were two first-place nods for improvement and campus sports coverage. It also earned second-place awards for features coverage and layout and design, as well as third place for general excellence.
“The staff members have consistently impressed me with their professionalism and enthusiasm for delivering a quality newspaper, and it’s terrific to know that those outside of the Mercer community are equally impressed,” said Lee Greenway, the newspaper’s faculty adviser.
“The student journalists of The Cluster have invested a huge amount of time and energy into bringing the campus the important stories, and the professionals at the association obviously recognize that hard work.”
Central mock trial team wins local competition
The Central High School Mock Trial Team recently won the Macon Region championship. Team members earned five Outstanding Attorney Awards and five Outstanding Witness Awards. The team will compete in the state championship next month in Lawrenceville.
Wesleyan College director honored for work for children
The director of Wesleyan College’s Lane Center, Rhonda Green-Barnes, was recently awarded the 40th anniversary Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Champion award by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension-Colleges of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and Family and Consumer Services.
“Rhonda has helped us get and retain audiences for our program for a number of years and continued to do so after joining the staff at Wesleyan College,” said Pearl T. Solomon, Bibb County Extension Agent. “EFNEP is designed to provide nutrition education for low-income families. Presently, we are trying to reach the parents of the children that are served under Wesleyan’s program.”
As the Lane Center director, Green-Barnes works with students to learn about the community and develop leadership skills through various projects such as Aunt Maggie’s Kitchen Table and The William and Ellen Craft Saturday School.
Harvard professor talks about technology at Stratford
Harvard law professor and author John Palfrey spoke to Stratford Academy parents last week about raising children in the digital age.
According to a school news release, Palfrey addressed the school’s parent community and student body about how students should balance safety with their use of time spent on electronic devices.
The challenge for parents and teachers is to give young people the skills they need to use the digital environment in productive ways, he told them.
Palfrey is also vice dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard and co-author of the book “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” and “Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering.”
His research and teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property and international law. He writes a blog at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/palfrey/.
Valdosta State to hold reception for local alumni
Valdosta State University will host a reception for Macon-area alumni 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Stadium Drive.
University President Patrick J. Schloss will be at the free event to discuss on-campus happenings, and high school students interested in attending Valdosta State will be able to meet with admission counselors from the school.
To register, contact the VSU Alumni Office at (800) 464-3638 or visit www.valdostastate.org.
Houston County High School offering information session
Parents of Houston County High School students are invited to an information session about Advanced Placement courses 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the school’s cafeteria.
Officials will discuss anticipated course offerings, prerequisites and course requirements during that time.
Cosmetology chairwoman named MGTC’S Instructor of the Year
The cosmetology program chair at Middle Georgia Technical College has been named the school’s Instructor of the Year.
Jolie Martin, who began teaching at the school in 2005, was selected from among five candidates.
Her achievements at the school include developing online courses for the cosmetology department and establishing scholarships for students through the MGTC Foundation.
“I can share my passion for cosmetology and help others achieve their life’s dream of having a successful career,” Martin said in a news release. “There is nothing more satisfying than going to work every day and giving back to the college that trained me in the career I enjoy so much.”
Martin will advance to the Central Region Competition at MGTC on March 30. From there, two of the competing nine instructors will advance to state competition in May.
Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Andrea Castillo and Julie Hubbard.