Greenfield Academy team honored for cutting edge teaching concept

A special awards ceremony was held at Greenfield Hebrew Academy to honor a team of sixth-grade students for their innovative entry in the Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards program.

They were selected as one of 24 regional winning teams from a group of 4,527 entries. A total of 14,042 students participated in this year’s ExploraVision program.

The competition asks students to imagine ideas for future technologies that could exist in 20 years.

Both Adam Brasch and Stella Maslia received honors for developing “Holo(edu)graphy,” a revolutionary teaching system that would use cutting-edge transmission holography technology to create “living lessons” that happen in the middle of the classroom. Complementing the holographic projections, a single button remote would use radio signal to change the colors of the figures, as well as play or pause them as required by the flow of the lecture.

They were coached in this project by Sarah Topper.

The team is now creating a web site to be submitted for national judging in May.

Robotics team qualifies for state championship

This year The Westminster Schools joined the International US FIRST Robotics Community with two teams in the elementary school, two teams in the junior high (called the RoboCats), and one team in the high school, the WiredCats.

One of the junior high teams advanced to the state finals and our high school team (No. 2415), won the two top awards for a Rookie Team at the Peachtree Regionals, which took place March 13-15 at the Gwinnett Civic Center.

In the end, team No. 2415 won the Top Seeded Rookie Team Award and the Rookie All Star Award. The Rookie All Star Award automatically qualified Westminster to compete in the International Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 17-19.

Revive plays at Mt. Vernon

Australian Contemporary Christian band Revive made a guest appearance at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Upper School on April 10 for a special performance.

Revive is currently on a nationwide tour with popular American Contemporary Christian band Third Day. Band members include lead singer, Dave Hanbury, guitarist Tyler Hall, bassist Rich Thompson and drummer Mike Tenkate. The band performed in front of about 400 youth for about a half hour.

Woodland PTA Receives honors

Representatives from Woodland Elementary Charter School PTA representatives recently attended the 10th District Spring Conference hosted by North Fulton Council of PTAs. Co-Presidents Kasey Heffernan and Cathi Arora proudly accepted multiple awards for PTA achievements of excellence.

Woodland was honored with five first place trophies in the categories of Parent and Family Involvement, Legislation and Advocacy, Community Outreach, Communication, and Arts in Education in the elementary school division. The accolades continued as Woodland received the second place medal for Health and Youth Services and third place medal for Education Enrichment for elementary schools.

In addition, Woodland’s achievement regarding superlative PTA membership as of August 31, 2007 was recognized. Finally, the school received the Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers Visionary Award, the Pacesetter’s Award, and the Early Bird Award certificates.

High Point Elementary marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday

Dr. Seuss was a big hit at High Point Elementary in Sandy Springs.

Local support for Dr. Seuss ran strong as community business leaders such as Kal Wayman of Amerisave Mortgage Corporation and Pablo Sosa of Vivid Marketing Inc. came to High Point Elementary, located at 520 Greenland Road. They both dedicated several hours to reading Dr. Seuss books and interacting with students in various classes.

Media Specialist Gray Griffith plans a big celebration for Dr. Seuss’ birthday every year at the school. It is a day dedicated to the value of reading.

“Remembering the beloved Dr. Seuss’ birthday in March each year gives us a wonderful opportunity to join others all across the country in celebrating the joy of reading,” Griffith said.

The acclaimed author was born on March 2.

Board to name school on Lake Forrest Drive

Three names are in the hat.

During the April 17 meeting of the Fulton County Board of Education, the board held a first reading on the naming of the elementary school being built on Lake Forrest Drive.

In order of priority, the names under consideration are: Lake Forrest Elementary, Forest Height Elementary and Forest Springs Elementary.

Board President Julia Bernath said the committee, made up of parents, administrators and community representatives prefer to spell the word “forest” one of two ways, depending on how it is used.

“They would prefer to have Lake Forrest spelled with two ‘R’s as their first choice,” Bernath said. “If it’s for (Forest Height) or (Forest Springs), they would like it to be with one ‘R’ as in the word “forest.”

A second reading of the names will be held at a later meeting. The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled on Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Dunwoody Springs Charter School, located at 8100 Roberts Drive in Sandy Springs. A work session of the board is set on Tuesday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m.