Community meeting set for Ison

An informational meeting will be held Monday, April 28, for the community to view the design of the new elementary school planned at Ison and Roswell roads in Sandy Springs.

School system representatives will be available to discuss the special features of the school, which is similar to the elementary school opening in August on Lake Forrest Drive. Also present at the meeting will be the school’s architect and system staff members representing transportation, construction management and facilities planning.

The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary School, located at 8100 Roberts Drive.

Grant supports “High School Musical” at Ridgeview Charter

On March 27-29, students from Ridgeview Charter School (RCS) transformed into the nerds, thespians, brainiacs, jocks and cheerleaders from “High School Musical,” the popular Disney movie.

RCS was one of only 10 national recipients of a $5,000 grant from Disney’s “High School Musical: The Music in You Grant Program.” The grant supports music in schools and encourages kids to get involved in the arts; it allowed Ridgeview to develop its own production of “High School Musical.”

This announcement was made at the NAMM Show, the largest music products trade show in the United States, in Anaheim, Ca. in January. “High School Musical” Star, Olesya Rulin, who plays Kelsi Nielsen in both movies, read the list of winners.

Dr. Susan Messer, Choral Director at Ridgeview, said the musical required more singing and dancing than any previous production at the school.

“The cast and crew of “High School Musical” were some of the smartest, most dedicated, and talented students of a spring show at Ridgeview,” she said. “The students certainly rose to the occasion with beautiful smiles and attitudes–both off and on the stage.

Messer expressed appreciation to the parents and teachers who built the set, ordered costumes, provided snacks, and provided encouragement and support for the production.

“If you attended one of the three performances of “High School Musical” at Ridgeview Charter School, you attended one of the finest evenings of entertainment available in our community,” Messer said. “Excellence in performance is sought at RCS, and excellence in performance was achieved through Ridgeview’s production of “High School Musical.”

North Springs senior invited to ’09 Inauguration

Acadia Ross, senior at North Springs Charter School, has been named an “Inaugural Scholar” and received an invitation to attend the Presidential Inaugural Ceremony and the Black Tie ball in 2009.

The inauguration of the United States President and Vice President is a momentous occasion. The University Presidential Inaugural Conference places the strictest limitations on available space and eligibility.

Participation in the conference is reserved exclusively for alumni of the National Youth Leadership Forum, the Congressional Youth Leadership Council and the International Scholar Laureate Program as well as members of select honors societies who are enrolled in a post-secondary program when they attend the conference.

“I’m proud of her for representing North Springs,” North Springs Principal Norm Barchin said.

Scholars who have attended these programs have met the academic requirements and demonstrated the leadership qualities necessary to make a positive contribution to the quality and integrity of this historic inaugural conference.

Montessori adds programs, media center, classrooms

The First Montessori School of Atlanta (FMSA) is adding two new programs for the 2008-09 school year. Beginning this fall, FMSA will offer a Toddler Program for children ages 1 ½ to 2 ½. Additionally an All-Day Primary Program will be offered as well.

While the new programs are starting, FMSA students will be able to enjoy some new amenities at the school at the same time. Construction is scheduled for completion this summer on a new media center/library and a new classroom building featuring six additional elementary classrooms.