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Friday Night Food Fights result in more that 64,000 pounds of food donations


Four Gwinnett County Public Schools clusters came together to donate more than 64,338 pounds of food to local food pantries as part of the fourth year of the Friday Night Food Fight.

Local high schools competed against each other, determined by football team matchups, to donate the most pounds of food per student. Mill Creek High School was announced a winner against Archer High School on Friday night with 15,035 pounds of food donated within the cluster. Archer contributed 8,842 pounds of food.

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GCPS surpasses new federal whole grain regulations


Whole grains will remain a staple on school lunch trays across the country this fall, including Gwinnett County Public Schools, according to a School Nutrition Association's survey of school meal programs nationwide.

In July, updated whole grain regulations for school meals took effect, mandating that at least half of all grains offered must be whole grain rich, according to a news release.

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72 GCPS students up for National Merit Scholarships


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation included 72 Gwinnett County Public Schools students on the list of semifinalists for the 2020 National Merit Scholars program.

Students hail from 12 Gwinnett county high schools, making up a pool of approximately 16,000 students in the U.S. competing for the official National Merit Scholar title and thousands of dollars in scholarships that are awarded annually to graduating seniors.

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Building the teacher pipeline is the future for GCPS, superintendent says


Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent and CEO J. Alvin Wilbanks has made more than 20 addresses to the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce as head of the county’s public school system, also the largest employer in Gwinnett County.

Some addresses aren’t always as dense as the one he made Wednesday afternoon at the Infinite Energy Forum, but the opening of a new high school, the expansion of Dual Language Immersions and a bevy of new projects funded by a General Obligation Bond Program that passed last year gave him plenty to discuss.

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GCPS announces 2019-20 local teachers of the year


Gwinnett County Public Schools announced its local teachers of the year on Monday, the first step toward naming the 2019-20 Teacher of the Year.

In all, 139 teachers were named tops at their respective schools as voted on by their peers. Later this month, that group will be narrowed down to 25 semifinalists. From that group, six finalists will be chosen in mid-October.

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Parsons Elementary launches Korean DLI program


Parsons Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jennifer Kim gestured while sounding out a short phrase in Korean.

In the second week of kindergarten, students sat on a rug in the center of her room and most became silent and attentive. She drew out gestures with her hands and murmured instructions in Korean to the students who weren’t yet following her directions.

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