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09/21/2017

Normally it wouldn’t be proper to advocate food fights at our local schools. But there’s a trend at some Gwinnett schools that is worth emulating, especially since these “food fights” aren’t what you might remember from your youth.

The new way of competing over food involves collecting non-perishables for local food pantries. Earlier this month high school students at Mill Creek and Dacula held their second annual “Friday Night Food Fight” — collecting more than 41,000 pounds of food. Now the cluster schools from Grayson and Archer are preparing for a similar competition with the collection scheduled for Oct. 13 when the Tigers host the Rams in a homecoming football game.

The premise is simple: fans attending the game can donate food in red barrels for Archer or green ones for Grayson. Whichever school has the fullest barrels will win, but much like the competition between Mill Creek and Dacula the real winners are the food pantries that will receive the donations.

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09/19/2017

Gwinnett County Public Schools students overall outperformed their counterparts across the rest of Georgia and the nation on the ACT while also continuing a streak of rising composite scores during the 2016-17 school year.

The school system released data on its average ACT composite score on Friday, as well as school-level average scores. The data shows the district’s students had an average score of 22.6, which is up from 22.3 during the 2015-16 school year. It’s also above the 21.4 average composite for Georgia and the average national score of 21, district officials said in a statement.

Gwinnett County Public Schools outrank Georgia, nation on ACT scores

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09/19/2017

The Gwinnett school district’s new high school, slated to open next year, has its first principal. Dr. Jonathon Wetherington, currently the district’s director of science, has been named principal of Paul Duke STEM High School, the district announced.

In addition to Wetherington’s new position, Gwinnett County Public Schools also announced that two high school principals — Dr. Reuben Gresham of Lanier High and Anthony Smith of Duluth High — will join the district office as assistant superintendents for high schools. The three men will not transition to their new roles until their successors are named, the district office said.

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09/19/2017

Trickum Middle recently held a summer reading pep rally to celebrate about 250 students who turned in a reading log with at least four books read over the summer. One student read 30 books.

In May, the Trickum Media Center hosted a summer reading extravaganza which shared information about summer reading programs and ramped up excitement about reading during the summer months.

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09/15/2017

Gwinnett County Public Schools released a list of local Teachers of the Year on Thursday totaling 138 honorees. That group will be narrowed down to 25 semifinalists later this month with the top teacher of the system to be named at the Teacher of the Year banquet on Nov. 9.

“These teachers exemplify and represent the outstanding work that happens in our classrooms for our students every day,” Dr. Jonathan Patterson, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction support, said. “It is a pleasure to celebrate that work and to recognize these professionals who are contributing so much not only to our schools, but to our community and society by preparing our next generation. It is even more meaningful, because these educators were selected by their peers. That speaks volumes about their level of impact, because not only do their students recognize what a difference they make, but those who work side by side with these educators every day also understand their contribution.”

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09/14/2017

Football teams that aren’t playing Central Gwinnett and Mountain View this month should be happy when those two high school programs roll up the touchdowns.

Both Central and Mountain View have partnered with Pledge It and CBS property MaxPreps for Touchdowns Against Cancer, a project aimed to unite football teams nationally in a fight against childhood cancer.

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