Education Notebook
by MDJ staff
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Pope High students to perform ‘Sound of Music’ on Thursday

Pope High School will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” from Thursday to March 16 at the school.

Tickets are available online at, and range between $5 and $15. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and a 4 p.m. A matinee will be hosted on Sunday.

Festival to expand cultural awareness

Walton High School will have a global festival Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s theater.

The entire Walton community is invited to come out to the festival, designed to expand cultural awareness in the community. Multiple booths will be set up representing different countries and cultures across the world, and will compete with each other on Friday to collect the most tickets.

The winner and runner-up of the competition will receive all the money raised to give to a charity working for a global cause.

Seminar to discuss adolescent behavior

Dickerson Middle School parents are encouraged to attend a seminar on middle school student behaviors on March 21 at 11:15 a.m. at the school.

Dr. Danielle Levy, an experienced psychologist in the east Cobb area, is expected to present the seminar, titled “What’s Normal and When to Worry.”

Levy has spent nearly 10 years with the Child Advocacy Center working with children who were victims of abuse and is expected to answer parent questions regarding what behaviors are within the expected young adult range and what behaviors may be out of the norm. The seminar is free for parents. More details can be found at

Cornerstone raises funds for heart health

Cornerstone Preparatory’ s senior class raised $782 for the American Heart Association in February by selling candy hearts ranging between $1 and $3 to students and teachers.

The Heart Grams were a success, despite the school being closed on Valentine’s Day because of snow. Each year, seniors at Cornerstone, a private K-12 Christian school in Acworth, participate in the fundraising event, led by anatomy teacher Cynthia Crowell.

Pickett’s Mill becomes Lighthouse school

Pickett’s Mill Elementary School in Acworth was named the second Lighthouse School in Georgia at a ceremony earlier this year, joining the ranks as one of the top-leadership programs in the world.

Pickett’s Mill follows the leadership program laid out by Stephen Covey in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” called the “Leader in Me” program, said Principal Jenny Douglas. Pickett’s Mill is now one of roughly 64 schools in the world named a Lighthouse school, the highest honor of Leader in Me schools, said fourth-grade student Anna Schumacher.

“A Lighthouse school leads the way for other schools starting the 7 habits design,” Schumacher said.

Art teacher is Sponsor of the Year

Reston, Va.-based National Art Education Association has named Kathleen Sneed Petka, art teacher at Walton High School, the National Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year.

Petka will be honored at the NAEA National Convention in San Diego, Calif., at the end of the month. Petka has taught at Walton for more than 10 years and sponsors the Walton chapter of the National Art Society, a nation-wide organization for art education and enrichment.

Walker has new director of advancement

The Walter School, a private K-12 school in Marietta, named school alumna Shelly Robertson Manuel the first director of advancement earlier this month.

Manuel graduated from the Walker School in 1996 and has worked as the director of advancement at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Atlanta since 2009. As the director of advancement, Manuel will lead the school’s advancement office to raise money for the school. In a press release, Manuel said she was excited to return to her Alma Mater.

Kell Robotics wins regional event

Kell High School’s robotics team won the FIRST Regional Chairman’s Award for the sixth time this year at a competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology and was created in 1989 by an accomplished inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people.

The Kell team won this year’s award for promoting and encouraging science, technology, engineering and math education in the community.

Kell students competed against students in Brasil, Canada and nine other states. The team will now advance to the FIRST robotics championship in St. Louis, M.O., and compete for the Championship Chairman’s Award, which will place their team in the FIRST Hall of Fame. For more information, visit

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