Mrs. Tami Slaton, a second grade teacher at Dunwoody Elementary School, was named the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. Slaton is well respected and loved by her coworkers, parents and students. She always has a positive word for everyone.
Kittredge Magnet School has named Betty Alspaugh, a sixth grade Science teacher, its 2013 - 2014 Teacher of the Year.
To celebrate St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School’s lineup of yearlong activities for the school’s 50th anniversary, more than 150 current and former parents, faculty/staff members, and alumni gathered for a Ladies Tea on Jan 27.
Guests enjoyed scones, hot tea and reminisced about the early days at St. Jude School. Former PTA presidents, Nicky Maguire and Laura Riedl chaired the event. A recycled “bottle cap” art project of Saint Jude commemorating the 50th Anniversary was unveiled at the Tea. Students, under the direction of Debbie Molnar, art teacher, helped create the masterpiece which will remain in the school’s courtyard for years to come.
On Jan. 28, the Catholic School’s Week Parent Appreciation Day Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Monsignor James Fennessy. Parents received a special blessing during Mass and the Archbishop blessed over 400 St. Jude devotional rosaries which students gave to parents as a special gift during During the Archbishop’s school visit, he read to a class of third graders, a book called “Enemy Pie,” as part of the Read4Respect program.
On Jan. 31, students and parishioners partnered with Stop Hunger Now and packaged over 19,500 meals. These meals will be sent to schools and orphanages in third world countries.
More than 600 North Springs students in math, science and health science classes attended the 3rd Annual STEM Kick-off Event at North Springs Charter High School on Feb. 6. Students first listened to noted Emory neurosurgeon Dr. Tommy Thomas share his story of growing up in rural Alabama, becoming a medical doctor and an MIT graduate with a Ph.D.
Students then experienced more than 20 interactive exhibits showcasing technology developed to help improve health care and quality of life especially for many with spinal cord and brain injuries. Students also talked with Georgia Tech students about research projects they are doing in the areas of biomedical engineering and neuroscience.
Three of the student exhibitors were former North Springs math and science magnet students and a fourth is a current NSCHS senior, joint- enrolled at Georgia Tech doing research in material science. Students from Sandy Springs Middle School visited in the late afternoon and then a VIP presentation and reception was held in the evening for the community.
Emily Kelly, a high school senior, has been named the 2013 PAGE STAR Student for North Springs Charter High School. Kelly, the daughter of Tom and Dr. Cindy Kelly of Atlanta, selected Eric Smith, AP U.S. History teacher at North Springs Charter High School, as her STAR teacher.
To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. “We are very proud of Ms. Kelly and Mr. Smith and the academic excellence they exemplify at North Springs Charter High School,” said Michael Davis, president of the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club and local sponsor of the Fulton County STAR program.