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Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

(WXIA) -- More than 100 public schools in three metro Atlanta counties will benefit from Chevron's Fuel Your School program.

Through the campaign, Chevron contributes $1 from every gasoline purchase of eight gallons or more to participating schools. Fuel Your School generated $391,146 for 131 schools in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Many of the projects that are granted funds from the program are part of STEM curriculums. For example, students at Grady High School in Atlanta received a data-gathering device to use in their physics courses.

Chevron said nearly 40,000 students are impacted by the money generated through Fuel Your School.

Fulton County Schools announces pre-K registration dates

Fulton County Schools announces pre-K registration dates

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools is preparing to register pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school year.

Parents of incoming kindergarten students can sign them up at their local elementary schools on one of two days:

* Wednesday, May 6 -- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Thursday, May 7 -- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The same dates apply to students who are new to Fulton County Schools. Visit fultonschools.org for a list of documents needed to enroll in school.

Forty-two Fulton County elementary schools offer pre-K programs. Pre-K registration is determined by a lottery system, and sign-up dates vary by school:

Alpharetta Elementary
Wednesday, Mar. 11 -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barnwell Elementary
Monday, Mar. 30 -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 31 -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School's Claire Kelsey named STAR Student

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School's Claire Kelsey named STAR Student

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- As an award-winning athlete, Claire Kelsey has excelled on both the varsity cross country and lacrosse teams. And now this 18-year-old Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior has been recognized for her academic achievements by being named a STAR Student by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation. The STAR designation is based on SAT score and class ranking.

"I am very honored to be this year’s STAR Student for Holy Innocents’,” Claire said. “I chose Stephanie Garner, my Honors and AP Chemistry teacher, as my STAR Teacher because she is an excellent teacher who relates to, and motivates, all her students. And she inspired my passion for science."

Holy Innocents' students helping people at home and abroad

Holy Innocents' students helping people at home and abroad

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Five seniors from Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES) have been awarded $2,500 each to complete their Global Entrepreneurship Capstone Projects. Students plan the social venture plans and then present them to school panels. The projects that are planned the best, have originality, are mostly likely to make a lasting social impact, and have high student engagement are awarded funding.

"These projects give the students the opportunity to reflect on their experiences in a meaningful way, and apply what they have learned by choosing a real world social problem they want to fix, said HIES Director of Global Studies Erik Vincent. 

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

Metro Atlanta's Dreamers include:

Holy Innocents' seniors named Posse Foundation Scholars

Holy Innocents' seniors named Posse Foundation Scholars

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School seniors Kenny Buckner and Khorkie Tyus have been named Posse Foundation Scholars. The leadership scholarships will pay full tuition for four years. Buckner will attend Syracuse University and Tyus heads to the College of Wooster.