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Class Notes: Hall parent named to 2013-14 statewide advisory council
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Robert Smith is one of 36 parents on the 2013-14 Parent Advisory Council for the state school superintendent.

The parent of a Flowery Branch High freshman said the council’s intent is to discuss “issues of parent involvement in the school system,” aiming to encourage more engagement between schools, parents and communities.

“Last year we went over the Common Core curriculum (and) the career pathways,” Smith said. The council also designed parental surveys to be distributed across the state. School systems can use those to garner parent feedback, he said.

The council meets three times annually.

Smith said at the Oct. 21 meeting, the council will discuss the Family Engagement Conference being held in January at Athens.

“I am looking forward to getting to know these parent advisors and discuss how our policies affect their children on a daily basis,” Georgia School Superintendent John Barge said in a news release.

Smith also served on the advisory council last year. He was initially nominated to the council via the school system, and then went through an application process. Members serve a two-year term.

University of North Georgia listed as ‘military friendly’

The University of North Georgia has been listed on the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media.

The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students.

“The Corps of Cadets is a vital part of this university’s heritage and its future,” said university President Bonita Jacobs in a news release. “We are honored to count numerous service members, veterans and their family members among our students, faculty and staff, and depend upon their expertise and leadership as we strive to fulfill our mission of educating leaders.”

More than 800 cadets make up the corps at the university, with around 70 to 80 graduating annually as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army or the Georgia National Guard.

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