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09/29/2017

Gwinnett County Public Schools is one step closer to naming Gwinnett’s top educators for the 2017-18 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year.

On Monday, the committee announced the names of 25 semifinalists to be considered fort he system’s top honor. The group includes 15 elementary, five middle and five high school teachers who were selected from the initial list of 138 Teachers of the

Year nominated by their colleagues at local schools.
The winner will be announced in November at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet.

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09/25/2017

The best school nurse in the state is caring for students in Gwinnett County Public Schools, according to the Georgia Association of School Nurses.

The state-wide group recently named GCPS nurse Fran Overdyke School Nurse of the Year for 2017.

“It really is an honor,” Overdyke said.
 
As a school nurse, Overdyke is tasked with putting together emergency or treatment plans for students with special health needs and teaching the schools they attend how to properly carry those plans out.

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09/25/2017

A New York-based retirement planning company has named a team of four Coleman Middle School teachers unsung heroes of the classroom for a project that teaches students about architecture, art, design and aquatics-based agriculture.

Voya Financial Inc. announced this week that Sheila Harmony, Jana Czerwonky, Tamara Rossi and Kelli Sinclair will be the recipients of a $2,000 grant distributed as part of the 2017 Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition. They will now compete against other grant recipients for one of three additional awards worth $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

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09/25/2017

The Gwinnett school board recently honored the South Gwinnett High School JROTC Comet Battalion, which recently earned the highest commendation level that an Army JROTC unit can receive.

The unit was named an “Honor Unit with Distinction” after inspectors from the Sixth Brigade of Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah gave it an overall score of 95.8 out of 100. The accreditation consists of a cadet continuous improvement briefing, cadet service learning project, drill ceremony and portfolio interviews by cadets and instructors.

The unit is led by Senior JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Nathaniel Flegler Jr. and JROTC Instructor SFC LaKentra Smith.

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09/22/2017

Friday night will be about more than going toe-to-toe with Collins Hill’s football team for Mill Creek High School.

“It’s just a matter of saying ‘thank you’ to the men and women who serve the country and the community,” said Hayden McCall, a school resource officer serving within the Mill Creek Cluster.

Mill Creek will send its thanks to those men and women during its Service Appreciation Night.

The event will get started at 5 p.m., giving the public a chance to interact with first responder and law enforcement displays. Afterward, all active, reserve and retired emergency and military personnel are invited to attend the football game for free.

McCall, who planned the evening, said it’s the least the school can do for service personnel.

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09/22/2017

A national STEM nonprofit recently gave a $20,000 continuation grant to the Meadowcreek Cluster to support its robotics, coding and STEM education.

The grant from FIRST will help “create access to hands-on STEM learning experiences for underrepresented and under-served students in the Meadowcreek Cluster.”
 
That money will go toward the Meadowcreek Cluster Robotics and Computational Thinking Program, which supports the cluster’s robotic teams. Students in kindergarten through third grade can join the FIRST LEGO League, Jr. robotics team while students in grades four through seven can join the FIRST LEGO League team.

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