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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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06/07/2017

A pair of teachers in Gwinnett County Public Schools are in the running for a Teacher of the Year title in their respective fields.

Max Chavez of Maxwell High and Andrea Barrett of Mountain View High have been nominated for the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year title, and will find out in July if they won.
 
Chavez was nominated after he was named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Trade and Industrial Educators of Georgia. Barrett was selected to compete for the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year title after she was named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Marketing Education Association.

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06/06/2017

Georgia’s spelling bee champion from Gwinnett made it to the third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but a combined score of a written test and oral spelling fell short of getting him to the finals on Thursday.

Abhi Kapaganty, who recently finished fifth grade at Suwanee’s Burnette Elementary, spelled hypallage and arguendo correctly earlier in the week. But he didn’t score high enough with those words and a written test to advance to be among the top 40 finalists.

Hypallage is a transposition of the natural relations of two elements in a proposition, while arguendo is Latin and means “for the sake of argument.”

“The overall experience has been great for him, got to meet and learn for other participants, he is now more determined to better next year with more studying,” his father, Srinivas Kapaganty, told the Daily Post.

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06/02/2017

A group of Gwinnett students recently won a coding competition in Alpharetta hosted at LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

The Saturday and Sunday event, called CodeDay, was for “young technologists in metro Atlanta.” Students competed to build the best app in a 24-hour time period. Students competed to develop the next trending mobile app, video game or web application.

Sanjay Ravigopol, Sebastian Soler, Darius Kadiz, all from Crews Middle, and Sharan Ravigopol, a Brookwood High student, won the Best Collaboration Award.

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06/02/2017

If there’s a Wonder Woman in the annals of education in Georgia, particularly Gwinnett, it’s Beauty Baldwin.

Baldwin has a long history of service in Gwinnett and across the state, and to those who know her, this latest honor should come as no surprise.

Studio Movie Grill selected Baldwin as a Real Life Woman Superhero, and she will be honored in Texas at a red-carpet screening of Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman.” The movie is set to be released on Friday. Baldwin was one of more than 700 nominees submitted to Studio Movie Grill from its 11 markets as part of a nationwide search for everyday women making a big difference in communities.

Baldwin and the other honorees will be flown to Dallas on Wednesday for their own special red-carpet screening on Wednesday of “Wonder Woman.” Before the film, each honoree will receive an award, and a $1,000 donation will also be made to each honoree’s charity of choice.

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