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Community shares expectations for new Gwinnett schools Superintendent Calvin Watts at his first school board meeting

08/23/2021

As Gwinnett STOPP co-founder Marlyn Tillman stood before the county’s school board and prepared to speak on Thursday, it have seemed like she was going to address the entire board, but her comments were directed at one person: new Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent Calvin Watts.

As she began her remarks, she congratulated him on being GCPS’ first Black superintendent before evoking the old adage, ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ She then called for equity in the schools and an overhaul of the discipline system in the district.

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Gwinnett school board set to host area meetings around the county

08/19/2021

The Gwinnett County Board of Education is bringing back its area meetings where parents of Gwinnett students can meet the school board in their respective board district.

The first area meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 in District 1, which is school board Vice-Chairwoman Karen Watkins’ district. The meeting will be held at Grayson High School, which is located at 50 Hope Hollow Road.

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Mountain View High School grad earns Foresters Financial scholarship

08/19/2021

Mountain View High School graduate David Gethers was recently awarded a scholarship by life insurance company Foresters Financial.

Gethers, who will attend Kennesaw State University, is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship, and is eligible to receive up to $8,000 over four years of schooling.

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Central Gwinnett’s School of the Arts preparing to open its doors to arts students

08/12/2021

Central Gwinnett High School Principal Shane Orr views the Lawrenceville-based school’s new School of the Arts as kind of like being in a certain 1980’s TV show about performing arts students — but there’s no stick-wielding Debbie Allen around to demand better dancing.

The “school-within-a-school” performing arts school will officially open its doors at Central Gwinnett High School when the 2021-2022 school year begins Aug. 4. The arts-centered school is a partnership between Gwinnett County Public Schools, the city of Lawrenceville and the Aurora Theatre to teach students, in a professional-style setting, how to dance, play an instrument, act, paint or even make pottery.

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Gwinnett County Public Schools to host meet and greet with new superintendent Calvin Watts

08/12/2021

A meet-and-greet event will be held Thursday, Aug. 19 for new Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent Calvin Watts.

The event will be held in the board room lobby area at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center, which is located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee. It will take place prior to the monthly Board of Education meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.

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Office Depot donates 1,000 supplies-stuffed book bags to Meadowcreek Elementary School students

08/11/2021

As officials from Office Depot and Meadowcreek Elementary School stood in front of a group of students in the school’s gymnasium Monday, the cheers from the kids got louder with each new surprise that was revealed to them.

Office Depot announced it was donating school supplies to a veteran teacher who filled in twice last year as a long-term substitute for two different fifth-grade classes on top of her regular duties. The kids cheered in response.

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