Volume 4 , Number 2March 26, 2012


Jahner earns national leadership award

Congratulations are in order for David Jahner, Foreign Language director for GCPS, as the 2011 recipient of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12. The Steiner Award represents the highest national recognition for leadership in K-12 foreign language education.



Mr. Jahner received the award at
ACTFL’s fall Annual Convention.
Upon receiving notification about the award, Mr. Jahner says “It felt like I had won the Broad Prize for foreign language education. This recognition is truly the highest honor one could expect as a language educator. I am speechless and honored.”

He adds that the College Board says that students who have studied two, three, or four years of a foreign language perform higher on the verbal section of the SAT exam.

“Learning another language helps students look at the world from a new perspective,” Mr. Jahner says. “I truly believe that affording students the gift of a second— or third— language, should be the purpose of our work.”
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Level Creek ES named a ‘Georgia School of Excellence’
The Georgia Department of Education recognized Level Creek ES as a 2011 Georgia School of Excellence, placing it among the state’s top schools for the work its teachers and community have done to improve student achievement.
Georgia Schools of Excellence awards are granted to one school from each congressional district chosen in the following categories:
    • Greatest Gains: Schools that demonstrate greatest continuous gains in student achievement for the past three years in reading and mathematics.
    • Top 10%: Schools that are in the top 10% of schools in Georgia as measured by assessments in reading and mathematics.
Level Creek earned recognition in the “Greatest Gains” category.

“I am ecstatic that the hard work and dedication of the Level Creek ES teachers and support staff are being recognized and appreciated,” says Dr. Nancy Kiel, the school’s principal. “It takes a team effort to make a difference… we do that here, one child at a time, helping all of our students achieve their personal best.”

Level Creek ES joins a growing list of Gwinnett schools which have been recognized as Georgia Schools of Excellence. Last school year, Simpson ES and Parkview HS were presented with the honor.

This year’s Georgia Schools of Excellence will receive a $1,000 monetary award from Georgia Natural Gas. Level Creek ES plans to use the grant for teacher staff development opportunities. United Healthcare also serves as a sponsor for the state program.
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Ga. DOE names Gwinnett high schools
as ‘AP Honor Schools’

All of the school district’s traditional high schools and a system charter school have been named a “2012 AP (Advanced Placement) Honor School” by State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge. Out of the 367 Georgia schools that earned the honor, 19 of them serve Gwinnett high school students. That number grew from 17 in 2011 and 12 schools in 2010. Additionally, several GCPS schools were recognized in more than one category.

The Gwinnett schools recognized this year are:
AP STEM Schools
Schools with students testing in at least two AP Mathematics courses and two AP Science courses. These courses are AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, and AP Computer Science.
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Lanier HS
Meadowcreek HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
Shiloh HS
South Gwinnett HS


AP STEM Achievement Schools
Schools with students testing in at least two AP Mathematics
courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of the
exam scores on AP Mathematics and
AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS

AP Access and Support Schools
Schools with 30% of AP test-takers that identify themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic
and at least 30% of all AP exams scoring 3 or higher.
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Dacula HS
Lanier HS
Norcross HS
Shiloh HS
South Gwinnett HS

AP Challenge Schools
Schools with an enrollment of 900 or fewer students with students testing in the four core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Lanier HS

AP Merit Schools
Schools with 20% of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of the AP exams scoring a 3 or higher.
Brookwood HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS

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35 Gwinnett schools earn achievement recognition
The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education, recognized 35 Gwinnett schools in two categories for achievement during the 2010-11 school year: 1) Highest Performance, indicating the percentage of students meeting and exceeding academic standards and schools demonstrating the highest achievement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT); and 2) Greatest Gains, indicating the greatest gains in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding academic standards and schools showing the greatest improvement on the CRCT or the GHSGT. In each category, the state recognizes four school award levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

“We have high standards for our students, our school, and our community. Our community expects great things from us, and we do our best to meet and exceed those expectations every day.” says Debra Scott, principal of Kanoheda ES, one of three Gwinnett schools honored at the Greatest Gains-Platinum level, the highest level possible.

Kim Reed, principal of Burnette ES, adds, “Receiving the award for Highest Performance in our first year sets the tone for the level of achievement we expect our students to reach each year. We will continue to teach at high levels so our students will have a strong foundation to build upon as they enter middle and high school and prepare for postsecondary education.”

This year’s award-winning Gwinnett schools are:

GOSA Recognition under
Single Statewide Accountability System
Greatest Gain Schools
Platinum:
Kanoheda ES
Simonton ES
Winn Holt ES
Gold:
Partee ES
Bronze:
Rockbridge ES
Highest Performance Schools
Platinum:
Brookwood ES
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Osborne MS
Parsons ES
Riverside ES
Simpson ES



Gold:
Camp Creek ES
Craig ES
Freeman’s Mill ES
Gwin Oaks ES
Head ES
Level Creek ES
North Gwinnett MS
Puckett’s Mill ES
Suwanee ES
Silver:
Brookwood HS
Crews MS
Duncan Creek ES
Dyer ES
Fort Daniel ES
Mulberry ES
New Life Academy of Excellence-Norcross
North Gwinnett HS
Twin Rivers MS

Bronze:
Burnette ES
Dacula ES
Dacula MS
New Life Academy
of Excellence-Duluth
Parkview HS
Roberts ES
White Oak ES

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33 GCPS schools make Title I Distinguished Schools list
The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) named 33 GCPS schools to its list of “Title I Distinguished Schools,” which recognizes Title I schools that excel in meeting achievement standards.

Title I schools receive federal funds to better serve their students, which include a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch. A Title I school earns the title “Distinguished” for making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for three or more consecutive years.

“We are proud of all of our schools for receiving this recognition,” says Dr. Steven Flynt, associate superintendent for School Leadership and Operational Support. “By putting our students’ academic achievement first, the partnership between our schools, our educators, and involved parents has created a sound environment for teaching and learning to thrive.”

This year’s honored schools include:


Title I Distinguished Schools
10 consecutive years
of making AYP:
Annistown ES
Kanoheda ES

Nine consecutive years
of making AYP:
Bethesda ES
Britt ES
Cedar Hill ES
Harris ES
Knight ES
Magill ES
Nesbit ES
Norcross ES
Norton ES
Partee ES
Shiloh ES

Eight consecutive years
of making AYP:
Alford ES
Corley ES
Meadowcreek ES
Minor ES
Rockbridge ES
Sycamore ES
Seven consecutive years
of making AYP:
Alcova ES
Beaver Ridge ES
Centerville ES
Chesney ES
Winn Holt ES

Six consecutive years
of making AYP:
Simonton ES

Five consecutive years
of making AYP:
Benefield ES
Lawrenceville ES
Shiloh MS
Stripling ES

Four consecutive years
of making AYP:
Lovin ES
Shiloh HS

Three consecutive years
of making AYP:
Richards MS
Rosebud ES

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State awards Innovation Fund grant
to Sweetwater MS’ STEP Academy

Gov. Nathan Deal recently announced 11 winners of Innovation Fund grants, a $19.4 million competitive grant program created through Georgia’s Race to the Top (RT3) plan. Through the Innovation Fund, the state awards grants to partnerships between local education authorities or charter schools, institutions of higher education, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that develop or implement innovative and high-impact programs aimed at producing positive outcomes for students.

Among the grant recipients is GCPS’ STEM Targeted Education Program (STEP) Academy. The program uses accelerated coursework, mentoring, and a Biotechnology Research and Development career pathway to serve at-risk, overage 8th grade students at Sweetwater MS. STEP is a partnership between GCPS and Gwinnett Technical College and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

“The Race to the Top Innovation Grant will give us the monetary support needed to sustain a collaborative model for accelerating students,” says Georgann Eaton, principal of Sweetwater MS. “We feel validated in our efforts to prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace, and to compete in the global economy.” Ms. Eaton says the STEP Academy, which currently serves 70 students, will grow to 80 in the 2012-13 school year.
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GCPS teachers receive professional kudos
Cue the applause for the following GCPS educators who have been honored for outstanding work in their fields:
  • Kathy Spruiell, Mathematics coach at Stripling ES, received the 2011 Excellence in Mathematics Teaching Award from the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • The Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) recognized Dr. Robert Patrick, Parkview HS Latin teacher, as the 2012 FLAG K-12 Teacher of the Year, and his daughter, Miriam Patrick, Duluth HS Latin teacher, as the 2012 FLAG K-12 Teacher of Promise.
  • Dr. Bernadette Scruggs, Orchestra teacher at Peachtree Ridge HS, was named the Georgia American String Teacher Association’s 2012 Educator of the Year.
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  • GCPS’ Relay For Life teams raise $1.04 million
    GCPS takes great pride in its involvement in Gwinnett County’s successful Relay For Life event, benefitting the American Cancer Society. For the 2011 Relay, the total amount raised by GCPS was $1,046,420.38.

    Among the 122 school system teams participating, 32 school teams and three central office teams each raised $10,000 or more in 2011:

    School Teams raising $10,000 or more
    for Relay For Life in 2011
    Berkmar HS
    Brookwood HS
    Collins Hill HS
    Cooper ES
    Couch MS
    Craig ES
    Creekland MS
    Crews MS
    Duluth HS
    Duncan Creek ES
    Grayson HS
    Lanier HS
    Lanier MS
    Mason ES
    McConnell MS
    Mill Creek HS
    Mountain View HS
    Norcross HS
    North Gwinnett HS
    North Gwinnett MS
    Parkview HS
    Peachtree Ridge HS
    Pharr ES
    Pinckneyville MS
    Puckett’s Mill ES
    Riverside ES
    Rock Springs ES
    Shiloh MS
    Simpson ES
    Snellville MS
    Trickum MS
    Twin Rivers MS
    Winn Holt ES
    Central Office Teams raising $10,000 or more
    for Relay For Life in 2011
    IMD CD’s
    ISC Relay For Life
    Transportation

    The teams of GCPS Transportation, Couch MS, Norcross HS, and North Gwinnett HS raised more than $30,000 each, with North Gwinnett coming in as the top fundraiser at $75,416.99. GCPS continues to play a leading role in making Gwinnett’s Relay tops in the world, raising nearly half of the county’s total of $2,187,000. The 2012 Relay is scheduled for May 4 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.
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    White Oak named an NFL PLAY 60 Super School
    The students and faculty at White Oak ES knew a big surprise was in store when they were told to wear their favorite Atlanta Falcons gear. When Brent Grimes, Falcons cornerback, arrived to an enthusiastic welcome by the White Oak learning community, that was only the beginning.

    Mr. Grimes was on hand to present a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming or equipment, and applaud the school for being one of 34 schools nationwide honored as an NFL PLAY 60 Super School in November.

    The Atlanta Falcons’ Brent Grimes arrives to cheers from White Oak ES’ students.

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    42 educators selected for GCPS’ Aspiring Leader Program
    Congratulations are in order for the 42 educators selected to take part in Gwinnett’s Aspiring Leader Program (ALP) through the Quality-Plus Leader Academy. ALP develops a pool of future assistant principals during a six-month program, with the most recent cohort beginning in January.

    Teaching methods include case studies, role playing activities, panel discussions, and collaborative adult learning. After completing the coursework, each participant will complete a three-week residency during summer school.

    Selected through a rigorous screening process, the QPLA ALP Cohort 3 members are:

    Class of 2012 - Cohort 3
    Jay Barbour of Shiloh MS
    Sophia Barton, recently named assistant principal
    of Berkeley Lake ES
    Andy Bennett of Archer HS
    LaToya Boyd of Partee ES
    Erica Castillo of Bay Creek MS
    Tonisha Chapman of Alford ES
    Chekquita Collins of Moore MS
    David Covington of
    GIVE Center East

    Theresa Crowley,
    recently named
    assistant principal
    of Oakland Meadow School
    Chaton Davis of Teach For America Partnership
    John DeCarvalho, recently named administrative intern
    for Norcross HS
    James Fisher of Osborne MS
    Latonia George
    of White Oak ES

    David Goodrich of Lanier MS
    Pam Hartley, recently named assistant principal
    of Cedar Hill ES
    Candace Haynes
    of Annistown ES

    Dr. Barbara Heck
    of Curriculum and Instruction

    LaRonda Henderson
    of Nesbit ES

    Kia Henley of Norcross ES
    Shanti Howard of Couch MS
    Nicole Irish of Dacula MS
    Rodriguez Johnson
    of Five Forks MS

    Marcus Knight, recently named
    assistant principal
    of Benefield ES
    Crystal Langley
    of Sugar Hill ES

    Kara Lefevre Guy
    of Beaver Ridge ES

    Emily Lough
    of North Gwinnett HS

    Cassandra Marshall
    of Fort Daniel ES

    Michael Mathew of Hull MS
    Cindy Moffett of Lilburn MS
    Dranita Morrow of Shiloh ES
    Israel “Tony” Patino
    of Summerour MS

    Jeremy Reily of Berkmar HS
    Keith Sargent
    of Mountain View HS

    Brett Savage of Collins Hill HS
    Bipul Singh of Lilburn MS
    Cinda Skelton of Trickum MS
    Mary Taylor of Five Forks MS
    Paula Thompson of Alcova ES
    Tonya Thompson of Archer HS
    Linza Todd of Harris ES
    Dr. Meaghan Wagar
    of Walnut Grove ES

    Kelly Walter, recently named administrative intern
    for Radloff MS

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    Gwinnett celebrates 2012 counseling honorees
    The Superintendent, Board members, school principals, and
    district leaders joined the district’s 350 counseling professionals during the Annual Counselor Recognition program on Feb. 10. The school system celebrated National School Counselors Week (Feb. 6-10) by naming its top counseling professionals for 2012.

    The 2012 honorees are:
    Robin Zorn of Mason ES
    2012 Gwinnett County Elementary School Counselor of the Year
    Brandee Appling of Bay Creek MS
    2012 Gwinnett County Middle School Counselor of the Year
    Tinisha Parker
    of Gwinnett County Online Campus
    2012 Gwinnett County Secondary School Counselor of the Year
    Assistant Principal Dr. Paul Johnson of Peachtree Ridge HS
    2012 Gwinnett County
    Mary Joe Hannaford
    Counseling Advocate of the Year
    Dr. Michelle Stagline of Sycamore ES
    2012 Gwinnett County
    Counselor Writer of the Year

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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Department of Social Studies— earned the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Program of Excellence Award for 2011 for the Social Studies staff development, “Building Literacy in Social Studies.”
  • Several GCPS band directors received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association:
    Brian Lambeth of North Gwinnett HS;
    Frank Folds and Amanda Hertel, both of Crews MS;
    Dr. Tonya Millsap of Jones MS; and
    Mary Wilson and Hunter McRae, both of North Gwinnett MS.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— honored as the 2012 Outstanding National Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year by the National Art Education Association.
  • Congratulations to the following school communities for achieving industry certification for their Marketing Education programs through the American Marketing Association:
    Brookwood HS, Cindy Bazzell, teacher;
    North Gwinnett HS, Dr. Jacqueline Huffman, teacher; and
    Peachtree Ridge HS, Yalanda Bell and Nicole Lassiter, teachers.
  • Congratulations to the following athletic directors for receiving awards from the Georgia Athletic Directors Association:
  • Bill Navas of Duluth HS— selected as Region 7-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year;
  • Mark Kimbro of Brookwood HS— named Region 8-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year.
  • Congratulations to the following art educators for recognition received at the 1st Annual ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards:
    Robert Andrews, Director of Fine Arts— “Community Impact – Arts Educator – K-Higher Ed Award”;
    Vickie Johnson of Central Gwinnett HS— “Community Impact – Artist Award”;
    Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— Honorable Mention; and
    Heidi Creed of Jones MS, Marie Thomas of Brookwood HS, and Marissa Yurko of Britt ES— nominees.
  • Jenny Ittner of Chattahoochee ES and Dr. FA McLeod, principal of Berkeley Lake ES— named the first recipients of the Dr. Savitri Chandrasekar Professional Development Award by the Duluth Cluster Schools Foundation. Each honoree received a check for $500.
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  • Student/Team Honors
  • A total of 90 student projects were recognized with the Excellence in Media Production award at the 2011 International Student Media Festival. Of those, 36 projects also received a Judge’s Favorite award. Mason ES’ “Sew What? American History is a Patchwork of Stories,” received the festival’s top recognition, the “Best of Festival” award.
  • Brookwood HS’ literary magazine, Pegasus, produced with advisement by Deb Sumpter— earned first place in competition among magazines from high schools with enrollment above 2,501 by the American Scholastic Press Association.
  • Brookwood HS Robotics Team, coached by Josh Farrell and Theresa Friedman, allied with Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology’s Robotics team, coached by Dr. Chuck Lockert, Jason Boyette, and Kevin Brown earned 1st place at the GSMST VEX Qualifier for the VEX Robotics World Championship. At the meet, the GSMST team also earned the Excellence Award and the Design Award, and was the Robot Skills winner.
  • Several GCPS teams earned recognition in recent WordMasters competition:
    Sweetwater MS’ 6th Grade WordMasters team, coached by Lois Bean— placed first among 191 competing school teams;
    Five Forks MS’ 7th Grade WordMasters team, coached by Kimberly Rafferty— tied for seventh place in the nation among 294 competing school teams; and
    Five Forks MS’ 6th Grade WordMasters team, coached by Carla Kuny— tied for ninth in the nation among 403 competing school teams.
  • GIVE Center East— featured on 11Alive’s news show about the Georgia’s Holocaust Learning Trunk project. Students at the school participated in decorating a themed trunk, “Butterflies are Free.”
  • North Gwinnett HS’ National Art Society, sponsored by Debi West and Dr. Bruce Bowman— earned 1st place in the state’s first-ever “Art Throwdown,” hosted by the High Museum of Art.
  • Trickum MS' Academic Bowl team, coached by Linda LaPerre and Cary Sell— received 1st runner-up honors at the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Championship.
  • Pinckneyville MS Band, directed by Roland Ventura— performed at the Southeastern United States Middle School Band Clinic at Troy University.
  • Congratulations to the following school communities, student-athletes, and coaches for AAAAA state athletic championships in 2011-12:
    Brookwood HS’ Girls Swim/Dive team— Greg Puckett, head coach;
    Collins Hill HS’ Wrestling team, Traditional— Josh Stephen, head coach;
    Grayson HS’ Football team— Mickey Conn, head coach;
    Gwinnett Heat Adapted Sports Basketball team— coached by Michaela Istone-Haupt, Len Boudreaux, and Lynnette Swanson; and
    Parkview HS’ Boys Swim/Dive team— Eric Brown and Jack Gayle, coaches.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Mandi Burgess of Lovin ES— earned a doctoral degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.
  • Dr. Sharon Clark of Lovin ES— earned a doctoral degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia.
  • Dr. Calvin Watts, Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Support— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.
  • Dr. Mary White of Central Gwinnett HS— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
  • Jessica Ancrum of Richards MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University.
  • Nicole Campbell of Brookwood HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Secondary English Education from Piedmont College.
  • Lisa Eubanks of Patrick ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Ann Hobbs of Patrick ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College.
  • Karen Ford-Duke of SNP— earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Shorter University.
  • Anthony Stephenson of Business and Finance— earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Clayton State University.
  • David Johnson of Information Management— earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology-Security with Western Governors University.
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  • Presentations
  • Dr. Lisa Lang of Curriculum and Instruction— presented
    “Get Your Shovel: Let’s Dig Some Ditches” and “Wordless but
    Meaningful: Endless Possibilities for Literacy Success” at the
    Southeastern Regional Reading Recovery/Early Literacy Conference.
  • Carol Williams of Summerour MS— presented “A Gumbo of Math Success: A Recipe for Teaching All Students Math Having Fun” at the 2011 National Title I Conference and “Reboot! Teaching Transformed” at the 2011 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Conference.
  • The following GCPS educators presented at the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL):
    Dr. Jaime Claymore of Mountain View HS— “Teaching Language Through Etymology;”

  • Carol Williams, math coach at Summerour MS, was photographed at the National Board Conference in Washington, D.C.
    Nicole D’Antonio of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and David Jahner, Foreign Language Director— “Developing a Program that Succeeds to Infinity and Beyond;”
    David Jahner, Foreign Language Director— “Collaborating to Improve Language Leadership and Instruction Everywhere,” and
    David Jahner, Foreign Language Director, together with German teachers from Colorado, Georgia, and Washington— “Pop Music! Let’s Talk About Pop Music.”
  • Tiffany English of Sugar Hill ES— presented “That’s the Ticket: Classroom Management Strategies that Really Work” at the Alabama Music Educators Conference.
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  • Publications
  • Kenneth Whaley of Trickum MS— published the article, Using Students’ Interests as Algebraic Models in the February 2012 issue of the middle school journal Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.
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  • Participants
  • Angelyne Collins of Shiloh MS— selected to be a grant reviewer for the Georgia DOE’s Striving Reader” program.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— elected as the National Art Education Association Southeastern Vice President.
  • DeNelle West, Staff Development Coordinator— graduated from the 2011 class of the Learning Forward Academy (formerly known as the National Staff Development Council).
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  • Grants/Scholarships
  • Benefield ES received a grant from the YMCA to provide after-school opportunities to students.
  • Britt ES received a donation of 30 bicycles from Academy Sports of Snellville, in celebration of the store’s grand opening and to recognize the hard work and good behavior of 15 girls and 15 boys at the school.
  • Lanier MS— awarded a $5,000 grant from the Lanier Cluster Education Foundation and Insperity to purchase eReaders for the school.
  • Rockbridge ES received a donation of 1,276 books from community member Gloria Watson. Ms. Watson requested the books in lieu of personal birthday gifts from family and friends around the country.
  • White Oak ES received a donation of lab coats from My First Lab Coat, an organization that collects lab coats from science and medical professionals for distribution to students. The lab coats will be worn by students participating in the K-2 and 3-5 science labs.
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