Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Gwinnett County schools CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks to chair of a statewide committee to evaluate a proposed leadership academy for top educators. The committee is part of Deal’s ongoing efforts to have the state intervene in chronically failing schools.
Wilbanks is to guide the efforts of a 15-member committee that’s to recommend whether Georgia should create a leadership academy for school principals and other school leaders. Dec. 1 is the deadline for the committee to issue recommendations, including any proposed legislation to accomplish any recommendations.Continue Reading...
A Brookwood High teacher who earlier this year picked up a state award from a group of English teachers has now added a national honor.
Amber Simmons, an English teacher, has been named a 2017 National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence Award winner. The award recognizes and celebrates excellent high school teachers. Simmons is the only Georgia teacher to receive the award and one of only 15 winners nationwide. The Brookwood High teacher earned the honor after she was named the 2017 Georgia Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of the Year in the spring.Continue Reading...
Justin Dipietro is a big fan of tiny houses.
“Actually, I love tiny houses. I want to build a tiny house and put one in my back yard so I can live in it,” Justin said.
The Coleman Middle sixth-grader didn’t waste any time on Friday morning in the cafeteria when he asked a tiny house owner, who had come to visit, about taxes around the trendy movement.Continue Reading...
Excitement mixed with a little bit of shyness told the story of the first day of school at Beaver Ridge Elementary on Monday morning.
Principal Karen Lillard welcomed parents and students as they navigated through the congested parking lot and drop-off area before they arrived inside the school. For kindergarten students, their nervousness and hesitation might only have been surpassed by their parents’ own apprehension. But Lillard said she reassured them that they’re welcome to check in on their child if need be.
In the classrooms, students were looking forward to reading, math and social studies.Continue Reading...
There’s no shortage of ways to communicate these days, but Gwinnett County Public Schools has added a district-wide system primarily to be used in emergency situations.
This school year GCPS will use SchoolMessenger to communicate emergency and non-emergency messages to families by phone, text and email. Districtwide events, including key school dates, weather-related closings and automated attendance are expected to be the most common messages.
The new SchoolMessenger system uses contact information that parents provide to their child’s school. If parents need to change or update their contact information, they can contact their child’s school or make the changes in the parent portal.Continue Reading...
Students at Berkmar and Meadowcreek high schools got a chance to begin a path toward a degree in science and medicine thanks to a two-week program at the Suwanee campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Second-year doctor of osteopathathic medicine student Claire Dorcent led the program as student coordinator, and said in a press release that the main goal of the Opportunities Academy was to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the health care fields.Continue Reading...
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