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11/10/2017

Thanks to students’ good behavior, an Atlanta Falcons great and Freddie Falcon will pay a visit to Arcado Elementary, Gwinnett County Public Schools said.

Chuck Smith, a legendary defensive end, will visit the Lilburn school on Friday, accompanied by the Falcons’ mascot. The students earned the visit through Arcado’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports program, intended to promote good behavior and academic performance in students.

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11/10/2017

A lifelong resident of Snellville, Kenny Flowers is proud to tell people he’s a graduate of South Gwinnett High School.

It’s a school where he graduated from in 1978 and his children did the same in the early 2000s. There was at least one teacher who happened to teach Flowers and his children, and that’s one example Flowers said to explain how South and the Snellville community have been intertwined over the years.

“It’s been a beacon there on the Highway 78,” said Flowers, who lives in Snellville and has worked for UPS for some three decades. Flowers added that the school remains a landmark on the drive between Stone Mountain and Athens as he remembers a time when 78 was a two-lane road.

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11/10/2017

R.D. Head Elementary School math and science teacher Dr. Doug Doblar’s students should be happy campers after Thursday night’s Gwinnett County Public Schools Teacher of the Year banquet at the Infinite Energy Center.

When district staff showed up in his classroom a few weeks ago to announce Doblar was one of the six finalists for the overall Teacher of the Year Award, his students immediately began campaigning for him. They made signs and tried to make the case for the teacher before the county staff left the classroom that day.

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11/07/2017

With its recent designation as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 2017-18, Lanier Cluster Schools has a distinction that sets it apart from every other school cluster in Georgia.

“We can now claim we are the only cluster of schools in the state of Georgia to have both K-12 STEM certification and be a P21 Exemplar,” said Kyle Jones, Lanier High School’s Academy coach and leader of the cluster’s Vertical Innovation Team, in a news release. “We believe our entire cluster is aligned to truly prepare our students for life after their K-12 experience and enter an ever-changing economy and workforce.”

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11/06/2017

Norcross High School was recently honored for having one of the highest percentage of low-income, minority students who earned a college degree within six years of graduating high school.

Principal Will Bishop led the school to rank eight percentage points above the national average for higher-income, high-minority schools, according to the High School Benchmarks 2017: National College Progression Rates report.

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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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