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PROBE College Fair returns to Alcovy HS

PROBE College Fair returns to Alcovy HS

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The national PROBE College Fair will stop by Alcovy High School in Newton County next week.

About 70 colleges and technical schools will be represented at the fair, which will be Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"We encourage high school parents and students to attend the PROBE College Fair. This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to see the many options available for them in terms of colleges, programs of study and financial aid," Alcovy High's lead counselor Timica Parker said.

Registration is not required, but students who wish to pre-register can do so at gotocollegefairs.com.

Alcovy High is located at 14567 Highway 36 in Covington.

Oxford College dorms open Friday

Oxford College dorms open Friday

OXFORD, Ga. -- Oxford will once again become a college town this week when its famed college's residence halls open for the 2013-14 school year.

Incoming freshmen at Oxford College will check in to their assigned dorms on Friday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

New student orientation will be held Friday at 12 p.m. and next Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

11Alive celebrates Newton's first day of school

11Alive celebrates Newton's first day of school

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The 2013-14 school year has begun in Newton County, and 11Alive was on hand to celebrate.

Education and schools reporter Donna Lowry joined new superintendent Samantha Fuhrey and other district officials as they greeted local bus drivers on Friday, Aug. 2 -- the first day of school.

Donna is best known for her Class Act segments on the 11Alive morning show. Class Act honors top teachers in metro Atlanta. See their stories and nominate an inspiring teacher for the honor.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Oxford College to hold ribbon cutting

Oxford College to hold ribbon cutting

OXFORD, Ga. -- Oxford College is preparing to hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new building on campus.

The Oxford Library and Academic Commons will officially open on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3:30 p.m.

Everyone in in the Oxford College community is invited to come out for the event.

Learn more at oxford.library.emory.edu.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

COVINGTON, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Newton County, the first day of school is Friday, Aug. 2.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County
Rockdale County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County