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Wesleyan Senior Awarded Chancellor’s Scholarship to Texas Christian University

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Wesleyan School is pleased to announce that Wesleyan senior Ben Smoke has been selected as a Chancellor’s Scholar at Texas Christian University (TCU), an honor that provides full tuition for his entire four years of undergraduate study at the university.

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is the highest award available at Texas Christian University and carries a value of more than $197,000. In addition to the substantial financial support, Ben will also receive special opportunities to interact with the Chancellor and TCU faculty at various events and will participate in a unique international experience.

Texas Christian University is a private university located in Fort Worth, Texas with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 10,000. The competitive Chancellor’s Scholarship, which includes multiple rounds of committee review and on-campus interviews, is awarded to approximately 70 incoming freshmen each year.

Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,177 students from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area. To learn more about the school, visit www.wesleyanschool.org.

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International Charter Academy of Georgia Graduates First Class of Students

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On June 5, International Charter Academy of Georgia (ICA Georgia), a Japanese-English dual-language immersion charter school that opened in fall 2018 in Peachtree Corners, graduated its first class of kindergarten and fifth-grade students. The graduation ceremony took place from at the school’s campus, located at 3705 Engineering Dr., Peachtree Corners, GA.

ICA Georgia opened its doors at the beginning of this school year as a statewide charter school, open free of charge to any K-5 student residing in the state of Georgia. ICA Georgia uses the Dual Language Model for Japanese and English instruction, in which the ratio of time spent in each language favors Japanese in younger grades and shifts to balance more evenly with English as students age.

All core subjects are taught in both languages, exposing students to a wide range of content learning areas in the target language and enhancing academic achievement in general. English and Japanese teachers use a team teaching approach, and pull-out classes are available in both languages to ensure the success of non-native speakers.

Former Georgia State Representative Tom Taylor (District 79) commented upon the school’s opening, “Our state needs employees who can speak more than one language, and there is no better time for its citizens to acquire language skills than when they are young. This charter school will also be an excellent educational environment for children with parents who come from Japan to do business in Georgia.”

Barbara Kennedy, Ed.D, Director of Dual Language and Bilingual Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics, states, “Multilingual education is a research-validated approach to promoting second language acquisition among students of various language backgrounds. Additionally, multilingual education can provide opportunities for the promotion of cross-cultural understanding among students, who, in turn, develop important lifelong skills that enhance their ability to interact effectively in our increasingly globalized world.”

The US State Department designates Japanese as a Critical Language, and there are more than 600 Japanese companies in Georgia. Yet despite the increasingly globalized nature of our society, research indicates that Global Literacy is low in American youth (Council on Foreign Relations, 2016). Studies show that immersion students develop greater cognitive flexibility, increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem-solving skills compared to their peers. (See Lindholm-Leary, Dual Language Education. (2001)). ICA Georgia’s mission is to provide the students of Georgia with the skills they need to succeed in our increasingly globalized society.

For further details about the school, visit www.internationalcharteracademy.org, call 770-604-0007, or email info@internationalcharteracademy.org.

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Cornerstone Physical Education Teacher Appointed to Georgia State Rehabilitation Council

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Swearing in of Austin McDonald by Governor Kemp, with wife, Christine, and their child, Ryelee looking on.

This past week, Governor Brian P. Kemp conducted swearing-in ceremonies for twelve (12) appointments to boards and councils.

Cornerstone Christian Academy Physical Education teacher, Austin McDonald, was appointed by Governor Kemp to the Georgia State Rehabilitation Council.

The Georgia State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is a federally mandated council composed of Georgia citizens from across the state appointed by the Governor to represent a broad range of individuals with disabilities and stakeholders. SRC collaborates with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to develop plans for services and make recommendations to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve employment and independence.

Austin McDonald has seven years of experience in both private and public schools, and he has used his time as a physical education teacher to help students overcome their unique barriers and provide encouragement. He lives in Dunwoody, Georgia with his wife, Christine, and their child, Ryelee.

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Stevie Bramble’s journey to promote Norcross High School’s IB program [Podcast]

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Norcross High School grad Stevie Bramble joins host Rico Figliolini to discuss her Norcross High School project and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profiles you’ll find in the school’s commons.

the IB Learner Profiles as displayed at Norcross High School, in the common area.

According to Gwinnett County School:

International Baccalaureate (IB) schools International Baccalaureate (IB) is a well-known, rigorous curriculum with a global perspective. The IB Primary Years Programme is taught at Peachtree Elementary School; the Middle Years Programme is used at Pinckneyville Middle School and Summerour Middle School.

Norcross High School offers the IB Diploma Programme. Students can earn an IB certificate or diploma. Many colleges will grant sophomore status to incoming students who hold an IB diploma.

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