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119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

(WXIA) -- More than 100 schools across Georgia will participate in this year's National Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was created in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Roughly 6,000 schools nationwide are expected to participate.

"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Maureen Costello, director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common."

On National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students are asked to sit with new friends in the cafeteria. Its goal is to foster understanding and respect among young people.

Participating schools in metro Atlanta include:

Report cards released Thursday

Report cards released Thursday

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Report cards for students in the Newton County School System will be distributed Thursday.

Students will also be released early the next day, Friday, Oct. 18.

Elementary and theme schools will get out at 11:15 a.m., high schools will be released at 12:15 p.m. and middle schoolers will go home at 1:15 p.m.

System officials said lunch will be served before students leave school for the day.

Newton schools serve locally grown produce

Newton schools serve locally grown produce

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- October is National Farm to School Month, and the Newton County School System wants parents to know that it is doing its part to ensure students eat as much local food as possible.

So far this year, the school district has served locally grown watermelon, onions, cucumbers and green bell peppers in students' lunches.

Future local items to grace lunch trays will include apples, sweet potatoes and strawberries.

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables has numerous benefits. Such foods are high in fiber and contain essential vitamins and minerals. A diet filled with good food also helps reduce the risk of cancer and certain chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes.

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Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

9 Ga. schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

9 Ga. schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

ATLANTA -- Nine schools in Georgia have been named to one of the most prestigious education lists in the country.

The schools -- eight public and one private -- are Georgia's latest National Blue Ribbon Schools. The distinction is given annually by the U.S. Department of Education to schools where students operate at very high levels and work hard to close the achievement gap.

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are another shining example of great things happening in Georgia schools," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These eight schools are to be commended for their outstanding student performance. I am excited for these students, teachers and staff that they were recognized on a national level for excellence.

Georgia's 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools are:

SACS survey ends Sept. 27

SACS survey ends Sept. 27

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- There's still time for the parents of Newton County School System students to participate in a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools survey.

The survey will help the school system target improvement strategies that will allow students to meet SACS' goals.

It closes next Friday, Sept. 27.

Learn more and find a link to the survey at newtoncountyschools.org.

Schools to dismiss early this Friday

Schools to dismiss early this Friday

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Newton County's public schools will dismiss early this Friday, Sept. 13, for parent-teacher conferences.

Dismissal times include 11:15 a.m. for elementary and theme schools, 12:15 p.m. for high schools and 1:15 p.m. for middle schools.

Students will eat lunch before leaving school.