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Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Open House Dec. 6

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Open House Dec. 6

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School will hold its annual All School Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. in the Main Gym. The event concludes with a reception in Porter Dining Hall at 12:15 p.m.

All divisions—Primary, Lower, Middle and Upper Schools—will participate in the afternoon’s events. Administrators, faculty, coaches, fine arts teachers, grade-level deans, chaplains, admissions representatives, as well as officers of the Parents' Association, Athletic Association, and Fine Arts Alliance, will be on hand to discuss the many different programs and opportunities that Holy Innocents’ students enjoy.

 “This is the perfect opportunity for all interested families to meet HIES students faculty, staff, and parents, to tour the campus, and to learn firsthand how Holy Innocents' has gained its reputation as one of the finest independent schools in the Southeast,” said Head of School Paul Barton.

Ninja Turtles rule at Holy Innocents’ Halloween Parade

Ninja Turtles rule at Holy Innocents’ Halloween Parade

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Halloween isn’t just for princesses and superheroes anymore, at least not at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School.

Captain America showed up for this year's Halloween Parade, and several Disney girls did process, such as Elsa from “Frozen" and Esmeralda from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame." But Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ruled in the parade on Oct. 31, Halloween day.

Creative costumes this year also included: a giant, green Slimer from “Ghostbusters”; the world’s largest gingerbread man; Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm; a shark, a boat, and two tubers;  and in the popular food category—a slice of pizza and chocolate chip cookies.

Power players strolling in his year’s procession included: “Star Wars” Jedi Master Mace Windu, several Top Guns ready for action, and the Red Power Ranger Super Megaforce (thanks to pre-kindergartner Andrew Altman for decoding that).

Graduation rates: Fulton County

Graduation rates: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

MORE | Ga. graduation rates up this year

Fulton County's 2014 graduation rate is 78.7 percent. At 96.6 percent, Cambridge High School in Milton has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Fulton County include:

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

Holy Innocents' picture is 'My Atlanta' contest winner

Holy Innocents' picture is 'My Atlanta' contest winner

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Briana Neal, a Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School junior, has won first place in the high school competition for this year’s My Atlanta Exhibition.

The theme of this year’s show was Embracing Diversity—a theme meant to “communicate the significance of embracing cultural or religious differences,” according to contest guidelines. Neal's winning photo was titled “Poverty.”

Five hundred photos from students at 18 schools were entered in different categories, and judges were Joeff Davis and Gavin Godfrey of the Creative Loafing editorial staff.

The My Atlanta contest is sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Photos are on view at the Piedmont Park Community Center during two upcoming Saturdays, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The park is located at 1071 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Park Entrance at 12th street).

AP exam participation: Fulton County

AP exam participation: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Fulton County, 9,043 students took 17,523 AP exams in 2014, and 11,664 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Fulton County public high school:

Alpharetta HS
965 students took 2,150 exams
1,740 passing scores

Giving back to Atlanta: Holy Innocents' devotes day to service

Giving back to Atlanta: Holy Innocents' devotes day to service

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- It’s not every day that you can do something to help the homeless, improve the environment, feed the hungry, help rescued animals, and even give some aid to Africa. But Holy Innocents’ Upper-Schoolers did all of that and more on Oct. 2 during the annual Great Day of Service.

Students and faculty spent a day away from campus volunteering at 15 sites around Metro Atlanta, including Foster Care Support, Furkids, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Covenant House, Books for Africa, the South View Cemetery, Habitat for Humanity, and The Salvation Army.

And accolades rolled in from workers at the sites where HIES workers volunteered.

“The group from Holy Innocents’ did a phenomenal job today sorting and packing at Books For Africa,” wrote Development Assistant Jen Hale. “We just wanted to thank the students for their service and commend them on a job very well done.”