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06/26/2017

Six Gwinnett schools are set to be honored in July for their commitment to school counseling programs.

Half of those schools were recertified, but the other half are first-time recipients of the Recognized ASCA Model Program, or RAMP, designation. All the schools awarded the RAMP designation will be honored in Denver at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference.

The ASCA awards this designation to schools that are committed to delivering comprehensive data-driven school counseling programs. Since the program’s inception, more than 700 schools have received the RAMP designation. Gwinnett County Public Schools now has 28 schools who have received RAMP designation, and 10 have earned certification more than once.
 
The schools are Roberts Elementary School, Jones Middle School, North Gwinnett Middle School, Duluth High School, Parkview High School and Peachtree Ridge High School.

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06/23/2017

Two Gwinnett high school students have received $1,000 scholarships based on their commitment to protecting Gwinnett’s resources and inspiring others to get involved in community initiatives that improve the environment.

Meyer Anne Hudson from Mill Creek High School and Dan Diener of Brookwood High School were each awarded a Youth Advisory Council scholarship from Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. GCB established the Green Youth Advisory Council in 2014 to serve as a youth leadership group of rising environmental stewards. High school students throughout Gwinnett County Public Schools are nominated by their teachers to serve on the council for one year.

GCB’s Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator, Brenda McDaniel, said in a press release that the two students stepped into leadership roles immediately as co-presidents of the 2016-2017 Green Youth Advisory Council.

“They both assisted with educating and engaging high school students from across Gwinnett County in hands-on environmental programs that impacted local and global environmental challenges,” McDaniel said. “They also collaborated with other youth and county leaders to promote suitability and civic engagement.”

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06/19/2017

The Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence recently received two grants that it will use to support an after school program.

Overall, the grants are worth $22,500, and they come from the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia, which gave $10,000, and the Waffle House Foundation, which gave $12,500.

The money will be used for the After School Matters program, which targets academically at-risk ninth- and 10th-grade students with limited family economic resources. The mission of the program is to raise the graduation rate and prepare students for a career or college path. The vision of the program is to increase a student’s engagement with school, cultivate talent, lift self-confidence and decrease the likelihood of risky behaviors.

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06/16/2017

The name of a founder and visionary of Peachtree Corners will be on a new STEM high school in Norcross following approval on Thursday by the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

The school, scheduled to open in August 2018, will be named after Paul A. Duke, and located on 20 acres at 5850 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. The Norcross school — to be called Duke STEM High School — is one of two schools set to open in the next two years that will be theme-focused.

“I think it’s very fitting, I knew Mr. Duke quite well,” Board member Louise Radloff said.
 
The Norcross and Meadowcreek theme high schools have been discussed in concert with one another by district officials for about two years. Each school would be progressive programs ninth grade through 12th grade and offer dual enrollment, internships and career coaching or mentoring.
District officials have said jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math are growing rapidly, some at a pace of 10 times those of other fields, and companies that operate in those fields are moving into the Norcross cluster.

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06/13/2017

Simpson Elementary students will soon receive 45 interactive whiteboards thanks to a $32,000 capital campaign focused on technology upgrades in every classroom.

The campaign centered on replacing Mimio technology interactive whiteboards for teachers from kindergarten through fifth grade to create an interactive learning experience. The new Smartboards are being installed across the school and will be in place for the opening of the 2017-18 school year in August.

“At Simpson Elementary we’ve nurtured a long-standing commitment to integrating technology resources into our students’ daily learning,” Principal Bron Gayna Schmit said in a press release. “We feel these tools give our teachers the ability to expand their daily lessons with increased content and deeper context that amplifies the relevance of the curriculum for our students.”

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06/13/2017

Two Brookwood High teachers were recently recognized as tops in their field.

Amber Simmons was named the Georgia Council of Teachers of English 2017 Teacher of the Year, while Ashley Allgood was named 2017 Georgia Latin Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Classical Association.

Simmons’ honor recognizes a language arts teacher who understands the issues in teaching literacy skills, demonstrates awareness and implementation of the best practices in teaching language arts, and influences colleagues at a local, state and national level. Simmons was honored at the state level in February, and now will represent Georgia in the National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of the Year competition.
 
For Allgood, the Teacher of the Year Award is presented to a member of the Georgia Classical Association who is distinguished as a teacher of Latin through the performance of students and through exceptional efforts to enhance the teaching of Latin in the state.

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