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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.”

2014 SAT scores: Fulton County

2014 SAT scores: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Fulton County, 4,996 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Fulton County
Critical Reading: 520
Math: 530
Writing: 517

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

Alpharetta HS
447 test-takers
Critical Reading: 562
Math: 580
Writing: 562

Banneker HS
83 test-takers
Critical Reading: 398
Math: 396
Writing: 384

Cambridge HS
197 test-takers
Critical Reading: 530
Math: 539
Writing: 518

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

Holy Innocents' student offers 'Warm Love" to chemo patients

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When Khorkie Tyus’ mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior responded by helping her mom at home and spreading “warm love” to others.

Working with an oncology nurse, Khorkie developed an idea for special Warm Love kits for chemotherapy patients.

“I noticed there were people who went to chemo by themselves, and I thought some goodie bags would show them someone cared for them,” explained the 16 year old.

Many patients are sensitive to aluminum, for example, so Khorkie includes aluminum-free deodorant and toothpaste. Chemo patients also tend to get chilly when being infused so Khorkie packs hats, scarves, socks, and blankets. (In fact, cozy blankets were how the project got its name.)

Holy Innoncents' grad gets front-row seat to Scottish history

Holy Innoncents' grad gets front-row seat to Scottish history

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Atlantan Peter Myer had a front-row seat on Scotland’s historic vote for independence Sept. 18. Myer, a 2014 graduate of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, is a first-year student at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, in a joint degree program with the College of William & Mary.

Here’s what Myer experienced in the Royal Burgh of St. Andrews was like last week.

“People are holding up signs and waving Scottish flags, and you can’t walk down a street without being handed pamphlets and seeing either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ buttons on peoples’ shirts, indicating what they voted for,” he reported Thursday morning, the day of the vote. “I particularly see ‘Yes’ flyers—in this city, but the students talk more about leaning toward ‘No.’

Seeds of learning take root at Holy Innocents' Primary School

Seeds of learning take root at Holy Innocents' Primary School

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Something magical's been happening at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES). Young students at the Alan A. Lewis Primary School now have an Earth Magic Learning Garden, and little hands will soon plant their first seeds.

Raised beds were completed over the summer, and the garden was dedicated Sept. 17, with prayers, laughter and a butterfly release.

The garden will provide a framework for students to become “courageous learners,” says Principal Greg Kaiser, whose hope is for students, “to not be afraid to try new things and be excited about exploring the world around them.

"What better way to do this than planting, growing, predicting, and creating things in a garden? It will give them a new set of opportunities to practice all these different skills and, in turn, discover a love for the earth, gardening, and sustainability, which all feed into our mission at HIES.”

2014 Reward Schools: Fulton County

2014 Reward Schools: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Fulton County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Hembree Springs Elementary School
* KIPP South Fulton Academy

Highest Progress -- Among the top 10 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; make the most progress in improving performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Heritage Elementary School
* Ison Springs Elementary School
* Oak Knoll Elementary School

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.