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Gainesville High band tunes up for big performance

For the 163 Gainesville High School musicians, dancers and twirlers in The Big Red Machine, the Class AAA football state championship on Saturday is not just another game, but members of the marching band are trying to think of it that way.

December 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Dear Big Red: Little Elephants make cards to cheer on team

Celebrating Gainesville High School's trip to the Class AAA football state championship game is a family affair in Gainesville schools.

December 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Motorcade takes gifts to patients in regional hospital

Gainesville city employees and school children celebrated the 51st Annual Mayors' Motorcade Send-off Wednesday with holiday tunes and a special visit from Santa.

December 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Chestatee students showing off their knowledge

Did you know Laika was the first dog in space, but lived only a few hours in her Russian rocket ship? Did you know giraffes have knees that can bend forwards and backwards?

December 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County set to alter school schedules

The Hall County Board of Education is on track to adopt a hybrid schedule next school year that would allow the system's high schools to operate with 35 fewer teachers. Hall Superintendent Will Schofield estimates the move will annually save the system between $2.5 million and $3 million.

December 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Sex ed course to be re-evaluated

A new sex education curriculum proposed for all elementary schoolers in Gainesville has caused too many parents and educators to blush, and the school board is prompting the district's Sex and AIDS Review Committee to re-evaluate the elementary curriculum it approved this spring.

December 07, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A USDA program introduces kids to healthy snacks

For many kids, the only thing worse than cleaning your room is being ordered to eat Brussels sprouts.

December 07, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Life


Healthy Monday: 2 schools offer free flu vaccine

After a delay of several weeks, vaccinations for the H1N1 flu will soon be available at a school near you.

December 06, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School option offers some a faster track to graduation

If you cannot customize kids to an education, customize an education to them.

December 05, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A thriller at home: Next stop, The Dome

Gainesville High football fans are elated to be going to the state championship football game next Saturday for the first time since 1982.

December 05, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | High schools


Physics class tests knowledge with fragile object

Some of the egg-launching contraptions Lakeview Academy freshmen tested Thursday were a smash hit. Others weren't such good eggs.

December 03, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Initiative aims to break down learning barriers

Despite efforts to get a quality teacher in every classroom, something - besides money - is missing from the education equation. Gainesville City Schools is part of a nationwide effort to find out what that is and how to get it.

December 03, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Superintendents put school, system pride on the line

As the Gainesville High School Red Elephants and the Flowery Branch High School Falcons prepare to square off for the Class AAA state semifinal game tonight, the superintendents of the respective school systems are making a wager on who will win.

December 03, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Georgia State president excited about football program

Georgia State University President Mark Becker shared his fervor for football with Rotary Club members on Monday.

November 30, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local agency offering help on heating bills

As the mercury dips, heating bills soar, and more families are turning to a local nonprofit agency for help to keep their homes cozy this winter.

November 30, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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