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Shiloh Middle earns International Baccalaureate certification

05/16/2017

Shiloh Middle School recently received validation that was three years in the making.

The school is certified as an International Baccalaureate World School for a three-year Middle Years Programme. IB World Schools feature programmes of international education that its staff describes as developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a globalizing world.

“The IB program is a tremendous teaching tool and that will help prepare our students for our rapidly changing world,” Shiloh Principal Eli Welch said in a press release, and added that staff worked on research, training and planning for three years.

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Louise Radloff among honorees at Salvation Army luncheon

05/16/2017

When they say Louise Radloff has broken her neck working on behalf of the Salvation Army, they mean it.

For those who don’t know Radloff well, it may seem like a shock, but to those who understand her volunteer spirit over more than four decades, particularly related to education and health, it’s perfectly acceptable.

That was the case in 2013 when Radloff suffered a broken neck in early September when she missed a step and fell off a loading dock while picking up bread for the Salvation Army. She had surgery the next day, and except for some limited range of motion, has returned to normal.

Radloff, who has served on the Gwinnett Board of Education for more than 40 years, was among the honorees on Friday at the annual “Doing The Most Good” Salvation Army luncheon at the Infinite Energy Center.

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Pharr Elementary celebrates garden with third annual event

05/16/2017

Pharr Elementary has developed a reputation around the state for its school garden, and recently, the school celebrated its third annual garden night with a host of festivities.

Among the events during the night were a scavenger hunt through the indoor ponics lab and outdoor gardens, and the garden club talked to families in the garden about the new sensory garden, African Keyhole garden, greenhouse, Loofah gourds, Cabbage Patch and the Math Garden.

In the ponics lab, families learned about hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics. Students worked to complete math problems in the STEAM lab and did leaf rubbings from plants in the garden in the art room. Second-grade students concluded their study of plants with a plant sale that will benefit new garden projects.

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Chesney Elementary celebrates use of summer bookmobile from Rick Case

05/16/2017

As a teacher at Chesney Elementary, Kara Cowdrick saw a need that stretched beyond the school year. It took some help from her mom’s van, but they eventually met the need.

“Every year, I noticed that kids weren’t excited about going home for the summer,” Cowdrick said. “When we dug a little deeper, they were bored. We see this every year, and we’re not doing anything about it?”

That inspired Cowdrick to apply for a grant two years ago from Atlanta Families for Excellence in Education. She won the grant for $7,500, with $3,500 going toward a bookmobile, to better serve students throughout the summer with reading books. This summer, a local car dealership has come along and offered help, and beginning May 31 and occuring on Wednesdays throughout the summer, students will have access to a host of books to encourage reading.

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Maxwell students build tiny house for Gwinnett homeowner By Keith Farner  keith.farner@gwinnettdailypost.co

05/8/2017

There are plenty of projects that can show high school students how to work on an actual residential construction site. But Mike Mahaffey’s recent idea brings them all under one roof, albeit a tiny one.

In January the Maxwell High School of Technology teacher rolled out an idea for students to build and customize a tiny house for a Gwinnett homeowner, who plans to use it for a weekend getaway. Maffahey and the students went through the normal sales process with the homeowner and the client-contractor relationship that covered paint colors and other customizations.

“It’s a small enough project that it’s doable in one year, but it also has the scope of being all-encompassing and including everything that you would find in residential construction,” Mahaffey said.

Added Maxwell Principal Jeff Hall, “The project is a great example of how our teachers create real-world and relevant learning opportunities for our students. The project affords our students the opportunity to work with a client and custom build the house, much like they would experience when they enter the industry themselves.”

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Two GCPS foreign language teachers earn state honors

05/8/2017

Two Gwinnett County Public Schools foreign language teachers have been honored by separate groups for their efforts in and out of the classroom.

Jamie Vega, a Spanish teacher at the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, was recently named the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Lesa Howell, a Spanish teacher and the Foreign Language Department Chair at South Gwinnett High School, has been named the 2017 K-12 Foreign Language Association of Georgia Teacher of the Year.

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