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Brookwood English teacher receives national honor

08/15/2017

A Brookwood High teacher who earlier this year picked up a state award from a group of English teachers has now added a national honor.

Amber Simmons, an English teacher, has been named a 2017 National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence Award winner. The award recognizes and celebrates excellent high school teachers. Simmons is the only Georgia teacher to receive the award and one of only 15 winners nationwide. The Brookwood High teacher earned the honor after she was named the 2017 Georgia Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of the Year in the spring.

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Berkmar, Meadowcreek students participate in PCOM’s first Opportunities Academy

08/14/2017

Students at Berkmar and Meadowcreek high schools got a chance to begin a path toward a degree in science and medicine thanks to a two-week program at the Suwanee campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Second-year doctor of osteopathathic medicine student Claire Dorcent led the program as student coordinator, and said in a press release that the main goal of the Opportunities Academy was to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the health care fields.

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Coleman Middle integrates tiny house into project-based learning unit

08/14/2017

Justin Dipietro is a big fan of tiny houses.

“Actually, I love tiny houses. I want to build a tiny house and put one in my back yard so I can live in it,” Justin said.

The Coleman Middle sixth-grader didn’t waste any time on Friday morning in the cafeteria when he asked a tiny house owner, who had come to visit, about taxes around the trendy movement.

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GCPS to roll out first district-wide communication tool

08/11/2017

There’s no shortage of ways to communicate these days, but Gwinnett County Public Schools has added a district-wide system primarily to be used in emergency situations.

This school year GCPS will use SchoolMessenger to communicate emergency and non-emergency messages to families by phone, text and email. Districtwide events, including key school dates, weather-related closings and automated attendance are expected to be the most common messages.

The new SchoolMessenger system uses contact information that parents provide to their child’s school. If parents need to change or update their contact information, they can contact their child’s school or make the changes in the parent portal.

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‘Excitement in the air’ as GCPS begins new school year

08/11/2017

Excitement mixed with a little bit of shyness told the story of the first day of school at Beaver Ridge Elementary on Monday morning.

Principal Karen Lillard welcomed parents and students as they navigated through the congested parking lot and drop-off area before they arrived inside the school. For kindergarten students, their nervousness and hesitation might only have been surpassed by their parents’ own apprehension. But Lillard said she reassured them that they’re welcome to check in on their child if need be.

In the classrooms, students were looking forward to reading, math and social studies.

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eSTEAM Academy to give Pinckneyville, Summerour students options for high school

08/11/2017

If the plan comes together as district officials have laid out, when the holidays arrive eighth-graders in the Norcross cluster will have a slew of options for the future.

Pinckneyville and Summerour middle schools this month are introducing new curriculum that is designed to focus on project-based learning and science, technology, engineering, arts and math as students prepare for the new Duke STEM High School, which is set to open next August. School and district leaders said the goal is to offer a type of learning that will better align with experiences expected in high school, college and the workplace.

For the first time, students from these schools will have the option of which high school they attend. Among the choices are the Junior Achievement Academy at Norcross High, the International Baccalaureate Program at Norcross High or the STEM focus available at the Duke STEM High School.

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