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The Whole World Is In Their Hands.
We want to help make the world a brighter place for our children. Thats why we are continuously focusing our resources towards numerous educational programs. Our employees donate their time to one-on-one mentoring programs throughout Georgia. After all, there is nothing more important to us than our future generation.
David Gandy, D.D.S.Charles Bobo, D.M.D.
109 East AvenueCedartown, GA 30125
C O O S AD E N TA LA S S O C I A T E S
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Your Smile Back!
Redmond Family Careat Cedartown
We can make a difference!
Jagdeep Singh M.D.
Janet Ross MSN, APRN-BC
118 East Girard suitE 104CEdartown, GEorGia 30125Monday-Thursday 8 am-5 pm Friday 8 am-12 Noon
Its your health ...
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Welcome to Polk County
Welcome To Polk County................................................ 3Events Calendar.............................................................. 4School Zone................................................................... 6
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On behalf of the Polk School District Board of Education, as well as students and employees of our district, I greet you. Polk School District has a strong vision for what it believes Student Achievement to be. It is deeply rooted in the belief that ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN. Our mission is to provide a quality education in order to prepare each student for the next stage in their life. Despite economic challenges, Polk School District continues to build a system that supports teach-ing and learning as it moves to make its mission become reality. Our aggressive approach to raising educational achievement for all students whether they are rural, minority or from low-income settings is to be celebrated. We know that students do not learn in a vacuum. They come to us with varied life experiences and it is our goal to utilize their experiences in the educational process. It is our task to provide opportunities that will increase knowledge and learning.
We are grateful for community support. Our many partnerships assist us in providing quality education to our 7400+ students. The school-community connection is extremely important in the process of students achieving and educators teaching. It is our goal to make our district one of distinction, not mediocrity so that all of our students will be prepared for lifelong success. It is also our hope to motivate students and advance those relationships that cultivate learning. This would not be possible without the collaboration of this community.
The employees of our district represent what is best about education. Their untiring support for student achievement is what makes Polk School District a thriving institution. Our employees have dedicated their lives to enhancing the lives of students. For this we are eternally grateful. Our employees continue to have a powerful impact on the lives of students.
The Polk School District Board of Education is committed to ensuring opportunities for all our students to be successful. Thanks to each of you for sharing in this vision.
Marvin WilliamsSuperintendentPolk School District
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About The Cover ... Nancy Harris, Rockmart Middle School teacher, visits student Christian Hamilton and his dad Stephen Hamilton during Math and Science Parent's Night. Sarah Williams and dad David Williams look over study material.
Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 24The Four Elements ExhibitionAn exhibition featuring artists with works dominated by one or all of the four elements; earth, water, air, and fire, is on display in the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center, 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Bld. 300. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am - 4 PM or by appointment. Admission is free. For further information call 770-684-5454 or 770-684-2707.
September 5GRITS Labor Day RideThe 2011 GRITS (Georgia Rails Into Trails Society, Inc.) Labor Day Bicycle and Roller Blade Ride is Monday, September 5, 2011. This is a fun event and not a race which consists of 13 to 62.1 mile rides or a roller blade option. Planned routes will accommodate the novice to the elite participants. For moreinformation visit www.silvercomet.org.
September 20-24Polk County FairKids of all ages will have a great time at the annual Polk County Fair, Polk County Fairground. From a midway filled with rides to food, music, livestock exhibits, an animal farm, arts and crafts, community and organization exhibits plus more, there's something for everyone.
September - November*Carlton Farms Corn MazeEnjoy a great fall outing navigating the 5-acre Carlton Farms Corn maze (1276 Cartersville Hwy. Rockmart) with over 2 miles of trail. For a different look try the maze at night. Dont forget to bring a flashlight. In addition to the corn maze experience, other fun farm activities include: Hay Bale Maze, Hayride, Hay Jump, Animal Petting Barn, Corn Cannon, and Catfish Pond. For dates, time and other information call 770-546-5179.*
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October 1Cedartown Fall FestivalThe Cedartown Fall Festival in the Downtown Historic District offers a day of old-fashioned community fun for the entire family. A parade, live bands, arts and crafts, food and more are sure to delight all ages. Hours are 9 am-8 pm.
October 6Small Business ExpoThe Polk County Chamber 2011 Small Business Expo is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, 11am- 2pm, at the Historic Purks Building, 330 West Avenue, in Cedart-own. The Small Business Expo gives small businesses the opportunity to show-case their products and services to the Polk County business community and the public. For more information call Laura Bates at 770-684-8760, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 15Moonlight RideMark your calendars for October 15, 2011 when Georgia Rails Into Trails Society, Inc. (GRITS) holds the third annual Moonlight Bike Ride. Watch for more details coming soon at www.silvercomet.org.
Fall Art Classes in RockmartFall arts classes including Pottery, Whittling, and Decorative Painting are held in the Cultural Arts Center, 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Bld. 300, Rockmart. For information on dates, time, and registration call 770-684-5454 or visit http://www.rockmart-ga.gov.
Fall..the time of year for fairs, festivals, hayrides, autumn
leaves..and pumpkins. Whether carved as a
jack-o-lantern, turned into a delicious pie, or used as a decoration,
this orange-colored fruit is synonymous
with the season.
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School ZonePolk School District
Polk School District follows the state required curriculum for all subjects in kinder-garten through twelfth grade. The states curriculum is a guideline for instruction that helps teachers, students, and parents know what concepts and topics must be covered and mastered for a particular course. The curriculum establishes the minimum standards, and does not prohibit systems, schools, or teachers from adding material to it. Some systems may have curricula of their own, but they must include everything that the state requires.
The state curriculum is reflected in the current Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for all grade levels and subject areas. The revised and strengthened curriculum will drive both instruction and assess-ment in Georgias schools, providing guidelines for teachers, students, and test makers.
Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE)
The CTAE programs are designed to give students hands-on experience and knowl-edge in many specialized career fields. Students are encouraged to participate in Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). These organizations provide op-portunities to demonstrate skills learned in class in a competitive environment, as well as exhibit learned leadership skills. As part of Polk School District graduation requirements, students are required to complete a career pathway. A career pathway is three or four se-quential courses in a specialized career interest area.
Polk School District offers career path-ways in the following areas: AGRICUL-
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Event CalendarSchool ZoneTURE, ARTS AND HUMANITIES, ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION, COMMUNICA-TIONS AND TRANSPORTATION, BUSINESS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE, EDUCATION, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE, GOVERN-MENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, HEALTHCARE SCIENCE, MARKETING, and SALES AND SERVICES.
The teachers in Polk School District are committed to the belief that education is a means by which students have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. We believe that all students have a right to educational experiences that challenge their individual development whether it is below, at, or beyond the level of their age peers. Polk School District provides educational programs that recognize and make provisions for the special needs of gifted and talented learners. In the el-ementary schools, Polk Enrichment Program (PEP) serves as the vehicle for gifted instruction. The middle schools offer advanced content/ gifted courses. Gifted eli-gible students are placed into the gifted program, as well as students performing in the exceeding le