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Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Holy Innocents' breaks ground on state-of-the-art building

Holy Innocents' breaks ground on state-of-the-art building

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents' Episcopal School near Sandy Springs broke ground May 22 on a new Math, Science and Dining Hall building that has been designed as a campus flagship building.

The 59,000-square-foot, three-story structure will include state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for math, science, and technology programs, a new robotics lab, and a media literacy suite for broadcast/journalism classes. The lower floor will house a communal dining hall that will seat 500, and a central kitchen to serve Lower, Middle, and Upper School students.

Traffic flow in and out of campus will also be improved, and renovations for the current Upper School Riley Building will include adding a new entrance, re-purposing classrooms, and updating the Malcolm Library.

New facilities are expected to be open for the 2015-2016 school year.

Holy Innocents' bell tolls joyous Class of '14 farewell

Holy Innocents' bell tolls joyous Class of '14 farewell

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- For HIES seniors, it's not over till the bell rings, and the old railroad bell did toll on England Plaza after graduation Saturday, proclaiming an end to the Class of 2014’s time at Holy Innocents’. It was the largest class to graduate from Holy Innocents’, and one of the most accomplished, noted Headmaster Gene Bratek.

The Class of 2014 boasted 114 graduates, 39 Alpha-Omegas, and two valedictorians -- and their other stats were no less impressive. Class members were offered 118 Merit Scholarships and awards totaling more than $5.1 million over four years, not including Georgia HOPE Scholarship funds. The class also boasted two Posse Scholars and received offers for many prestigious scholarships, including the Connell Scholarship at Davidson, the Baldwin Scholarship at the University of Georgia, and the Bell Tower Scholarship at Furman.

Students encouraged to read this summer

Students encouraged to read this summer

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has created a 2014 Summer Reading Challenge for students in all grades.

The program was announced Thursday at Timber Ridge Elementary School in Cobb County. Its goal is to close the achievement gap that widens during the summer months, when children often don't read.

"No student should have to start the school year having fallen behind," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "That's what we know, and that's what we're committed to preventing, because that loss is preventable."

The challenge encourages students to read for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day. The GDOE outlined suggested summer goals for children based on their school years:

* K-2: 10 books
* 3-5: 8 chapter books
* 6-12: 5 fiction books and 5 nonfiction books

Fulton County high school graduations

Fulton County high school graduations

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools has announced the graduation dates and locations of all the county's public high schools.

Alpharetta HS
Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

Banneker HS
Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m.
Bannker HS Stadium

Cambridge HS
Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Cambridge HS Stadium

Centennial HS
Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Chattahoochee HS
Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m.
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Creekside HS
Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Independence HS
Thursday, May 22 at 1 p.m.
Milton Center Auditorium

Johns Creek HS
Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
North Point Community Church

Holy Innocents' 'Colors Of Haiti' exhibit supports Haitians

Holy Innocents' 'Colors Of Haiti' exhibit supports Haitians

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The public is invited to Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, to celebrate and support the people at St. Matthieu Episcopal church and school in Leogane, Haiti.

The event will showcase the work of Haitian artists (paintings, decorative art, and jewelry). Paintings from exceptional local artists will be featured as well.

All proceeds from this special event will fund student lunches and teachers’ salaries at St. Matthieu Episcopal School. Holy Innocents' Episcopal school and church both have a long-standing relationships with the Diocese of Haiti, one dating back to 2002. Through the efforts of parishioners, school families, and others in the HI community, some $750,000 has been donated to help build schools and churches, pay salaries, provide meals for students, and fund Lopital Sainte Croix hospital.

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

Fulton County seeking Youth Commission applicants

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Office of Children and Youth wants young people interested in serving as leaders in their community.

Recruitment for the Fulton County Youth Commission is underway. Applications will be accepted from youth between 9th and 11th grades in Fulton County schools. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 23.

The Fulton County Youth Commission is a leadership program designed to mentor future leaders. Youth Commissioners address the many issues presently facing youth through the influences of government mandates, policies and legislation. Students become familiar with how local government resolves youth issues, and make suggestions for the best solutions, but most importantly, help facilitate change.

For consideration, a student must meet the following requirements: