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06/19/2017

The Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence recently received two grants that it will use to support an after school program.

Overall, the grants are worth $22,500, and they come from the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia, which gave $10,000, and the Waffle House Foundation, which gave $12,500.

The money will be used for the After School Matters program, which targets academically at-risk ninth- and 10th-grade students with limited family economic resources. The mission of the program is to raise the graduation rate and prepare students for a career or college path. The vision of the program is to increase a student’s engagement with school, cultivate talent, lift self-confidence and decrease the likelihood of risky behaviors.

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06/16/2017

The name of a founder and visionary of Peachtree Corners will be on a new STEM high school in Norcross following approval on Thursday by the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

The school, scheduled to open in August 2018, will be named after Paul A. Duke, and located on 20 acres at 5850 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. The Norcross school — to be called Duke STEM High School — is one of two schools set to open in the next two years that will be theme-focused.

“I think it’s very fitting, I knew Mr. Duke quite well,” Board member Louise Radloff said.
 
The Norcross and Meadowcreek theme high schools have been discussed in concert with one another by district officials for about two years. Each school would be progressive programs ninth grade through 12th grade and offer dual enrollment, internships and career coaching or mentoring.
District officials have said jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math are growing rapidly, some at a pace of 10 times those of other fields, and companies that operate in those fields are moving into the Norcross cluster.

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06/13/2017

Simpson Elementary students will soon receive 45 interactive whiteboards thanks to a $32,000 capital campaign focused on technology upgrades in every classroom.

The campaign centered on replacing Mimio technology interactive whiteboards for teachers from kindergarten through fifth grade to create an interactive learning experience. The new Smartboards are being installed across the school and will be in place for the opening of the 2017-18 school year in August.

“At Simpson Elementary we’ve nurtured a long-standing commitment to integrating technology resources into our students’ daily learning,” Principal Bron Gayna Schmit said in a press release. “We feel these tools give our teachers the ability to expand their daily lessons with increased content and deeper context that amplifies the relevance of the curriculum for our students.”

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06/13/2017

Two Brookwood High teachers were recently recognized as tops in their field.

Amber Simmons was named the Georgia Council of Teachers of English 2017 Teacher of the Year, while Ashley Allgood was named 2017 Georgia Latin Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Classical Association.

Simmons’ honor recognizes a language arts teacher who understands the issues in teaching literacy skills, demonstrates awareness and implementation of the best practices in teaching language arts, and influences colleagues at a local, state and national level. Simmons was honored at the state level in February, and now will represent Georgia in the National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of the Year competition.
 
For Allgood, the Teacher of the Year Award is presented to a member of the Georgia Classical Association who is distinguished as a teacher of Latin through the performance of students and through exceptional efforts to enhance the teaching of Latin in the state.

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06/13/2017

Paul Brinkley has taught at Lawrenceville Elementary for five years, and each summer he spends several days learning some new perspectives on how to teach math.

“Sometimes teaching gets old,” he said. “This kind of puts a spice into what we teach.”

Brinkley spoke on Thursday outside a classroom at Jenkins Elementary, where he worked with fifth-graders at the 14th math institute hosted each summer by Gwinnett County Public Schools. The eight-day professional learning program that ended Thursday offered new tips and strategies for teachers, some 700 of them, and about 1,500 students from kindergarten through eighth grade at 15 schools.
 
Last week, the district trained master trainers and cluster trainers on research-based instructional practices, and this week, they took what they learned and brought it to other teachers and modeled instruction, with students coaching teacher participants along the way.

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06/11/2017

Four students in three Gwinnett high school art programs recently received gold medals as part of the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards — an upgrade after they earlier this spring received gold keys at a regional competition in Georgia.

They hail from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology, North Gwinnett High School and Parkview High School.
 
The artwork and students are “Reminisce,” by Allison Chan of GSMST, honored with teacher Jennifer Griner, “Gray Out” by Isabelle Aboderin of North Gwinnett, with teacher Dallas Gillespie, “A Fish out of Water” by Rachel Chang of North Gwinnett with teacher Debi West, and “Orange My Orange” by Cassidy Moncrief of Parkview and teacher Alexandra Scott. Moncrief’s piece won an additional designation, the American Visions Award, one of only 12 such medals given nationally.

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