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Four Wesleyan School Faculty Members Named GISA Master Teachers

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Top Row from left, Juliette Ball, Paige Glass, bottom row from left, Suzanne Ragains and Laura Riester (Photo courtesy of Wesleyan School.

The Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) recently named four Wesleyan School faculty members GISA Master Teachers.

After completing a comprehensive application process through GISA this past spring, the following teachers were honored:

  • Juliette Ball, lower school lead teacher;
  • Paige Glass, lower school lead teacher;
  • Suzanne Ragains, a high school modern and classical languages teacher and
  • Laura Riester, middle school math teacher.

To be accepted into GISA’s Master Teacher program, candidates must submit a portfolio featuring three examples of outstanding work related to the classroom and collaborating with other educators.

The final part of the application is an unedited video of the candidate’s classroom teaching as well as five letters of recommendation from colleagues, administrators, parents and students.

“We are delighted that GISA has acknowledged the hard work of these committed educators through the Master Teacher program,” said Chris Cleveland, Wesleyan Head of School.

“Juliette, Paige, Suzanne, and Laura are outstanding classroom teachers and have been impacting the lives of Wesleyan students for many years. They are each deserving of this honor.”

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International Charter Academy of Georgia’s Japan Day at the Capitol [+ PHOTOS]

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International Charter Academy of Georgia students hosting "Japan Day" at the Georgia State Capitol

International Charter Academy of Georgia, located in Norcross, GA, offers a dual language education for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

On January 23, 2024, International Charter Academy hosted a “Japan Day at the Capitol,” during which 20 students from fourth and fifth grade were selected to sing a variety of songs in both English and Japanese.

Ms. Norika Harada conducted the performance with assistant Ms. Mayuko Nelson, while Governor Brian Kemp and Consul General of Japan Mio Maedawatched on.

Kemp and Maeda recognized the school and the students performing as well as the 50th anniversary of the Consulate General of Japan’s office in Atlanta just before the performance.

During the performance, the students performed “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “My Country Home,” “My Grandfather’s Clock,” and “It’s a Small World.”

Many families, supporters and businesses attended the event to support International Charter Academy of Georgia on this special occasion.

Photos by Peachtree Corners Magazine

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Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA) Accepting Scholarship Applications

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Focused students studying in the park // Image by Freepik

The Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA) has announced its annual scholarship opportunity for local high school seniors who demonstrate community spirit and initiative. 

The scholarship program was established to raise awareness among high school students, of the need to give back to the local community and schools.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 to 2024 Student Scholarship Program.  The PCBA will award two $1,000 scholarships to deserving graduating high school seniors.

Students are invited to apply now by completing the Scholarship Application through midnight on Mar. 7, 2024.  Submit the complete application by Mar. 1, 2024 to enter a special raffle.

Applications should be emailed to scholarship@peachtreecornersba.com.

Sealed Transcripts may be sent to the PCBA office at:
4989 Peachtree Parkway Suite 200
Peachtree Corners, GA  30092.


Click Here for the Current Scholarship Application for Eligible Graduating Seniors

Qualifications

Must be a senior and at least one of the following to qualify:

  • Resident of Peachtree Corners
  • Senior at Norcross HS, Wesleyan HS, Paul Duke HS, or Duluth HS
  • Child of PCBA Member

Applications must include the application form, a copy of the student’s sealed or official transcript showing cumulative GPA, and essay of 500 words or less describing why they are the best candidate for the scholarship.

The essay must include three things the student has learned that they believe will help them in the future and a separate page listing any of the following the student has been associated with, and give a brief description of their involvement with:

  • School Organization Affiliation
  • Sports Affiliation and Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Areas of Community Involvement
  • Personal time donated to Charitable/Humanitarian causes
  • Activities completed or participated in to support the community, healthcare workers, first responders, and others.

“The PCBA is proud to continue this scholarship opportunity, which recognizes local students who have positively impacted the community,” said Donna Linden, PCBA Board member. 

“In previous years, we were impressed at the dedication to community service we saw from applicants. We look forward to honoring the deserving students who receive these scholarships, especially during these challenging times” shared Linden. 

Funds for the scholarships are raised throughout the year from PCBA membership, sponsorship, and our annual charity event.

For questions regarding the scholarship program, please email scholarship@peachtreecornersba.com.

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International Charter School of Georgia Opens 2024-2025 Enrollment Period

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International Charter Academy of Georgia's Mochitsuki Rice Pounding

The State Charter School Commission (SCSC) of Georgia has expressed its intent to extend the contract with the International Charter Academy of Georgia (ICAGeorgia) for an additional five years.

This renewal decision stems from ICAGeorgia’s track record of academic excellence and community engagement. The forthcoming approval of the school’s plan to introduce a Grade 6 middle school further shows ICAGeorgia’s commitment to growth and development.

Established in 2018, ICAGeorgia has achieved a “Content Mastery” score of 91.4%, placing it in the top 18% among all elementary schools in Georgia.

Notably, the school has a student mathematics score of 98.28%, showcasing its dedication to academic achievement.

ICAGeorgia sets itself apart through its Japanese teaching approach, prioritizing problem-solving skills over rote memorization, coupled with a high-quality dual-language curriculum.

ICAGeorgia’s Japanese calligraphy activities

The school’s commitment to maintaining a diverse student body, selecting and retaining exceptional teachers and engaging students in global cultural activities has been crucial to its academic success.

Signature events such as the rice pounding festival (Mochitsuki), Japanese calligraphy (Kakizome), Hispanic Week and Black History Month enrich the educational experience.

ICAGeorgia’s Japanese calligraphy activities

The involvement of parents and teachers in local festivals, including the Peachtree Corners Children Festival, Atlanta JapanFest and Japan Day at the Georgia State Capitol, underscores ICAGeorgia’s dedication to community engagement and service.

The school enjoys robust support from the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta and collaborates with organizations like the Japan-America Society of Georgia and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.

Enrollment is open now for school year 2024 to 2025. Learn more here or email Jessica Kennett Cork, Secretary of the Governing Board for ICAGeorgia at j.cork@internationalcharteracademy.org.

Photos courtesy of Jessica Kennett Cork and the International Charter Academy of Georgia.

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