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08/15/2017

A Brookwood High teacher who earlier this year picked up a state award from a group of English teachers has now added a national honor.

Amber Simmons, an English teacher, has been named a 2017 National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence Award winner. The award recognizes and celebrates excellent high school teachers. Simmons is the only Georgia teacher to receive the award and one of only 15 winners nationwide. The Brookwood High teacher earned the honor after she was named the 2017 Georgia Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of the Year in the spring.

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08/14/2017

Justin Dipietro is a big fan of tiny houses.

“Actually, I love tiny houses. I want to build a tiny house and put one in my back yard so I can live in it,” Justin said.

The Coleman Middle sixth-grader didn’t waste any time on Friday morning in the cafeteria when he asked a tiny house owner, who had come to visit, about taxes around the trendy movement.

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08/11/2017

Excitement mixed with a little bit of shyness told the story of the first day of school at Beaver Ridge Elementary on Monday morning.

Principal Karen Lillard welcomed parents and students as they navigated through the congested parking lot and drop-off area before they arrived inside the school. For kindergarten students, their nervousness and hesitation might only have been surpassed by their parents’ own apprehension. But Lillard said she reassured them that they’re welcome to check in on their child if need be.

In the classrooms, students were looking forward to reading, math and social studies.

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08/11/2017

There’s no shortage of ways to communicate these days, but Gwinnett County Public Schools has added a district-wide system primarily to be used in emergency situations.

This school year GCPS will use SchoolMessenger to communicate emergency and non-emergency messages to families by phone, text and email. Districtwide events, including key school dates, weather-related closings and automated attendance are expected to be the most common messages.

The new SchoolMessenger system uses contact information that parents provide to their child’s school. If parents need to change or update their contact information, they can contact their child’s school or make the changes in the parent portal.

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08/02/2017

Students at Berkmar and Meadowcreek high schools got a chance to begin a path toward a degree in science and medicine thanks to a two-week program at the Suwanee campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Second-year doctor of osteopathathic medicine student Claire Dorcent led the program as student coordinator, and said in a press release that the main goal of the Opportunities Academy was to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the health care fields.

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08/02/2017

Marlon Allen led about 2,000 school bus drivers as they jumped, shouted and danced in the Hebron Baptist Church worship hall Monday morning.

Allen, a local pastor and past president of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett, was leading a sort of pep rally celebrating the hard work of the Gwinnett School System’s “unsung heroes” — the bus drivers.

“This school system is a winning school system,” Allen said. “This school system is a successful school system. And I believe it all starts with the people in this room. I have given you the title of ‘game changers.’”

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