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Mt. Zion Middle School and Villa Rica Middle School Receives $20,000 Grant from Verizon to Implement the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Computer Science Program



(Carrollton, Ga. – July 16, 2015) Mt. Zion Middle School and Villa Rica Middle School have been awarded $20,000 from Verizon to implement the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) computer science program. PLTW is designed to engage middle school students in computational thinking and prepare them for career opportunities in one of the fastest growing career fields. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, Mt. Zion Middle School and Villa Rica Middle School will join more than 6,500 schools across the U.S. in offering rigorous, high­quality STEM programs to students in grades K­12. Mt. Zion Middle School and Villa Rica Middle School will implement two nine­week long foundational courses: Introduction to Computer Science I and Introduction to Computer Science II.

The PLTW/Verizon grant was co­written by two teachers from each school. The four teachers will attend training over the course of the school year to ensure a successful transition to the PLTW program. Funds from the grant will be used for professional development and to purchase new technology to accompany the computer science courses.

PLTW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of K­12 STEM programs. PLTW’s world­class, activity­based, project­based, and problem­based curriculum and high­quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy.

The principal of Mt. Zion Middle School is Mrs. Connie Robison and the Principal of Villa Rica Middle School is Mrs. Greta Jackson.

Pictured in top right: Mrs. Greta Jackson, Principal at Villa Rica Middle School. Pictured in bottom right : Tewanna Brown and Heather Morse, Grant Writers with students from MZM and MZE who will benefit from the PLTW grant.

Carroll County Schools Press Release

Release Date July 16 2015

Tracy Harris

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Six-time STAR teacher, Alice taught Advanced Placement English, literature, composition, speech and theater for over twenty years, part of which time she also served as Director of Admissions, Development, Public Relations, and Alumni at Oak Mountain Academy. She is the managing partner of Ridley-Teal Properties and content editor for the City Menus. She is a board member of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and enjoys playing flute with the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble.