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11/03/2017

Gwinnett County high schools are doing slightly better on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, or CCRPI, this year but the average scores for the county’s elementary and middle schools dipped a little bit.

The CCRPI scores show how well a school is doing at preparing students for college or careers. It can also show how much improvement schools are making while providing a way to hold them accountable for meeting state education standards.

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11/01/2017

Backed by the state’s departments of agriculture, education and public health, the Georgia Cooperative Extension Agency and Georgia Organics, the Golden Radish Award recognizes school districts for promoting healthy eating habits through farm-to-school and local food procurement practices.

The program has grown quickly, as Georgia Organics executive director Alice Rolls said that more than 40 school districts in Georgia are actively involved in the Golden Radish Awards only four years after the program was established.

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10/31/2017

The Parkview Cluster Foundation celebrated their Grant Delivery Day by delivering checks totaling nearly $6,000 to 11 different teachers at each of the six cluster schools.  The Parkview Cluster Foundation raises funds to enrich the lives of students through such purchases as new science microscopes, Breakout Boxes, Spanish online subscriptions, Aquaponics gardens, online Social Studies curriculum, guest speakers for middle school health classes and ukuleles.

Members of the Foundation board visited each school with balloons and a giant check to give the students the opportunity to learn what the Foundation does and how it affects them in their classroom.  In this photo, from left are Lori Reeves of Camp Creek Elementary, who won one of the grants; Foundation President David Will, Grant Selection Committee Member Wendy Smith; and Camp Creek Principal Valerie Robinett.

Others getting grant include Treva Bibbs-Bugg and Kate Heler, Parkview; Jeff Schaefer and Susan Moody, Trickum;  Anna Daniel and Jennifer Trice Haynes, Camp Creek; Christine Christopher and Jennifer Brown, Knight; Kathy Herrin, Mountain Park; and Angela Curtis-Wolf, Arcado.

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10/30/2017

Among the 125 school system teams participating in this year’s Relay For Life, 24 school teams and three Central Office teams each raised at least $10,000. The total amount raised by Gwinnett County Public Schools for the American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life campaign was $888,769.91 — more than 60 percent of the total funds ($1,500,537.41) raised in the Gwinnett Relay effort.

At the October Board of Education meeting, the School Board held its annual recognition for the top schools that raised money for Relay for Life effort to support the fight against cancer.

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10/27/2017

Some Simpson Elementary School students have a new reason to be excited about recess.
The school recently opened a new playground designed to serve third- through fifth-grade students in special education classes, particularly those pupils who are wheelchair-bound.

While the school has previously had a playground for special education students, officials said it wasn’t designed to accommodate wheelchairs.

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10/27/2017

Loud applause and excited cheers broke out as a pink and gray helicopter with a pink paw print in the center and a slowly rotating blade rolled onto Central Gwinnett High School’s track Thursday evening.

Harper Jackson, 3, sat beaming in the passenger seat of what used to be her adaptive stroller. Now, it was her very own Paw Patrol helicopter.

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