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Two GCPS teachers nominated for career, technical education TOTY


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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Gwinnett speller falls short of finals at Scripps National Spelling Bee


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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Several more Gwinnett schools earn STEM, STEAM certification


Several Gwinnett schools recently earned STEM and STEAM certification from the Georgia Department of Education, and one cluster made history.

Lanier Middle and Mason Elementary received STEM certification for work related to science, technology, engineering and math. And STEAM certification, which adds the arts to STEM, went to Coleman Middle. Mason and Coleman earned school certifications, while Lanier’s TWIST program earned a program certification. TWIST stands for Teamwork With Innovative Skills and Technology.

Gwinnett County Public Schools now has seven schools that have earned STEM or STEAM certification.

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GCPS recognizes 562 retirees


Retirees this year across Gwinnett County Public Schools run the gamut of people who work in the school district, including four who worked more than 45 years in education.

Overall, there are 562 people retiring from GCPS, including more than half who worked their entire career in the school district. Among this year’s retirees, 188 have 30 or more years of service in education and, of those, 22 have invested 40 or more years in education.

Some of the retirees stepped down throughout the school year, while others, like Associate Superintendent Frances Davis, have returned in limited or part-time roles.

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Studio Movie Grill honors Beauty Baldwin before Wonder Woman release


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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Group of Gwinnett students wins coding competition


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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