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Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

AP exam participation: Clarke County

AP exam participation: Clarke County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Clarke County, 463 students took 780 AP exams in 2014, and 405 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Clarke County public high school:

Cedar Shoals HS
213 students took 343 exams
174 passing scores

Janet Napolitano to lecture at UGA

Janet Napolitano to lecture at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will speak at the University of Georgia later this month.

Napolitano's talk, "Anatomy of a Legal Decision," is part of the UGA School of Law's Sibley Lecture Series. It will be held Monday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Chapel on North Campus, and is free and open to the public.

In addition to working as secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013, Napolitano has served the state of Arizona, first as attorney general (1998 to 2003) and then as governor (2003 to 2009). She is currently president of the University of California system, which consists of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three national laboritories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

UGA female students reacting to 'creepy' anonymous text

UGA female students reacting to 'creepy' anonymous text

ATHENS, Ga. -- For the second time in five days, there are some fears among the student body at the University of Georgia. On Tuesday, word spread about a bizarre text sent to a female student.

By mid-morning, University of Georgia campus social media sites were lit up with word of an anonymous text sent to a member of a sorority.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said the message doesn't rise to the level of an all-out threat, but acknowledged it was "creepy."

11Alive News obtained a screen grab of the text. The anonymous sender writes:

Before you ignore me and tell someone I am messaging you you might want to know I know who you are.

The writer then goes on to list the female student's name, home address and even puts down her license plate number.

Student Cannon Lee said the text was the talk among young women on campus Tuesday, especially on sorority row.

2014 Reward Schools: Clarke County

2014 Reward Schools: Clarke 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.

Clarke 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
* Clarke County had no Highest Performing schools in 2014

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
* Chase Street Elementary School
* Fowler Drive Elementary School

UGA hosts after-school enrichment program

UGA hosts after-school enrichment program

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia has received a federal grant to host an enrichment program at two Clarke County elementary schools.

Teacher educators, health promotion and kinesiology professors head up the program, which is designed to improve local children's health and stimulate learning in reading and math.

"We are mobilizing our UGA resources to help children in the community by calling on faculty who know how to direct interventions in physical activity, healthy behavior, family engagement, reading and mathematics," UGA kinesiology professor Bryan McCullick said.

A $666,193 grant from 21st Century Community Learning Centers made the program possible. About 60 children in grades 2-5 at Chase Street and Fowler Drive elementary schools participate.

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.