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07/21/2017

As parents arrived Thursday morning to pick up their children from a literacy camp at Ivy Creek Elementary, there were several thumbs-ups to teachers while students gave hugs and posed for cellphone pictures.

Addison Thayer, a rising fourth-grader, attended the 14th annual Mill Creek Cluster Student Literacy Institute where about 130 students ages six through 15 learned from seven teachers about the craft of writing without the burden of a test prompt.

“I didn’t know I was going to write this much, and make a book,” Addison said, moments after a hug with teacher Lynn Worley. Addison’s book is titled “The New Kid” and is about how two kids respond to a bully.

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07/19/2017

Jamie Lynn McFarland told herself she wouldn’t cry, but those who know her, like Nikki Mouton, said she could set a timer to it.

McFarland, the reigning Teacher of the Year in Gwinnett County Public Schools, gave an emotional speech on Tuesday at the Infinite Energy Center at an orientation event to more than 1,200 teachers who are new to the district or brand-new to education.

McFarland teaches special education students who have severe and profound intellectual disabilities at Rock Springs Elementary. Mouton, as executive director of curriculum and instruction with GCPS, has heard McFarland’s message before, and expected the emotional and passionate message.
 
“I believe that as educators, it is absolutely imperative that we do a better job of intentionally teaching our general education students how to interact with, build relationships with and value their peers with special needs,” McFarland said.

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07/19/2017

Rising seventh- through 10th-graders from Lilburn, Radloff and Osborne middle schools, and Meadowcreek and North Hall high schools have spent part of their summer at a STEM camp at Piedmont College.

The goal is to work collaboratively to determine how to create a sustainable colony on Mars.

The Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship STEM Camp seeks to foster and enhance education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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07/11/2017

School district officials are reporting that the Gwinnett County Public Schools book mobile has proven to be popular this summer throughout its 35-stop route in the Meadowcreek cluster.

The book mobile will continue through July, but after three weeks of service by late June, the former school bus turned “library on wheels” served more than 2,400 students and parents who have visited the bus. More than 3,600 books have been checked out as well.

The book mobile is filled with more than 4,200 books that students can check out for free. In addition, the mobile library is staffed with media specialists who help students find books that best match their age and reading level. In the fall, the book mobile will transition from a checkout system to a book giveaway.

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06/29/2017

The Chesney Elementary bookmobile is something Erick Garcia looks forward to each week so he can pick up another book in the popular Goosebumps series.
“All the different books,” said Erick, a rising second-grader, who added that he recently fell asleep reading a book late at night.

Erick also completed a sheet that summarized what he learned from a book and included some drawings of the characters in the book. For that, he received a prize and a Popsicle.
 
That scenario has played out each Wednesday this summer since the school year ended, and will continue throughout the summer in the Paramont and Bella Vista apartment complexes.

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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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