Volume 1 , Number 1October 28, 2008


National and State Recognition

W.C. Britt ES named one of 'America's Healthiest Schools'
Need a little inspiration for staying fit? Look no further than the student body of W.C. Britt ES. The school recently was recognized as one of the healthiest public schools in America, according to Health magazine’s September issue.

The school tied for the eighth spot among public schools across the country with health initiatives including taste-tests, farm visits, school gardening, health-related plays, and annual visits from local dentists.

After reading statistics that rank Georgia as 11th in the nation for childhood obesity, Rodney Wayne, health specialist at the school, was motivated to take a stance. “Children who practice a healthy lifestyle are more likely to have better attendance and higher test scores,” Mr. Wayne says. “My goal is to eliminate childhood obesity and inspire all young people and staff at Britt to develop lifelong healthy habits.”

In selecting the school for the honor, one of the panelists said, “I love the games, contests, and promotions. We know that when kids are motivated, they do their best work— and that learning goes beyond simply ‘preparing for the test.’ This program is instilling values that will remain with these students for a lifetime.”

According to Mr. Wayne, parents, staff members, and local businesses located near W.C. Britt Elementary were ecstatic to learn about the national recognition, and he is looking forward to moving W.C. Britt Elementary to the number one spot on the magazine’s list.

In 2007, the school received the Bronze Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for promoting healthy lifestyles. Staff and students also have participated in a health conference in Washington, D.C.

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Gwinnett teacher selected for Fellowship
A fellowship with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) means a temporary home in Washington, D.C., for GCPS teacher Julie Shively for the 2008-09 school year.

Ms. Shively, a gifted education teacher at Margaret Winn Holt ES, was selected as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow on her record of leadership, impact on student achievement, and potential for contribution to the field. The program includes a policy conference, a roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, briefings with senior USDOE officials on timely policy matters, and discussion about best practices and local educational challenges.

Ms. Shively says of her experience so far, “I act as both a representative of my office and as a classroom teacher [in USDOE meetings] because it is in those meetings that the teacher’s voice is most needed, but least heard.”

Click here to read about Ms. Shively's recent appearance on a national television program produced by the USDOE.
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GCPS communications efforts earn
five Awards of Excellence in national competition

A number of system-produced communication efforts won accolades in the National School Public Relations Association's (NSPRA) 2008 Publications and Electronic Media Contest. Of the seven district communication pieces entered by GCPS, five earned an Award of Excellence, the top honor bestowed. This year's contest received 1,170 entries, with only 76 publication entries and 18 audio/visual entries earning Awards of Excellence.

Gwinnett's winning entries include:
- GCPS e-News (E-newsletter for the community)
- Work.Learn.Live... GCPS Recruitment Package
- Envisioning a System of World-Class Schools (Publication spotlighting the Board's plan for improving student achievement)
- Believe (GCPS TV-produced video)
- The GCPS Foundation Partner Invitation Package

The following GCPS teams worked together to produce these award-winning pieces: Human Resources; the GCPS Foundation Fund; Broadcast and Distance Learning; and Communication and Media Relations (CMR). CMR Executive Director Sloan Roach recently was featured in an article in NSPRA’s Network publication discussing effective communications.
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Georgia DOE names 22 Gwinnett schools as
'Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools'

The efforts of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) to meet the state’s academic standards have earned 22 of its schools the “Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools” honor. The Georgia Department of Education 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. This year, Gwinnett’s number of Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools increased from 17 to 22. These honored schools include:

Title I Distinguished Schools
Seven consecutive years of making AYP:
Annistown ES
G.H. Hopkins ES
Kanoheda ES

Six consecutive years of making AYP:
Bethesda ES
W.C. Britt ES
Cedar Hill ES
Lilburn ES
Nesbit ES
Norcross ES
R.L. Norton ES
Henry Partee Es
Peachtree ES
Five consecutive years of making AYP:
J.A. Alford ES
Corley ES
Meadowcreek ES
Rebecca Minor ES
Rockbridge ES

Four consecutive years of making AYP:
Beaver Ridge ES
Charles Brant Chesney ES
Centerville ES
Margaret Winn Holt ES

Three consecutive years of making AYP:
Simonton ES

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Nine Gwinnett Schools earn
Distinguished Achievement Awards

In the inaugural year of the Superintendent’s Distinguished Achievement Awards, nine Gwinnett County schools were recognized by State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox as schools that lead the state in student achievement and improvement. The program honors the top 10 schools in the state with the highest achievement and the top 10 making the greatest gains on state assessments, by test and grade level.

GCPS' Distinguished Achievement Award Winners
Achievement, based on CRCT results:
Alton C. Crews MS
Glenn C. Jones MS
Frank N. Osborne MS
Simpson ES

Achievement, based on
End of Course Tests:
Gwinnett County Online Campus
Achievement, based on GHSGT results:
Brookwood HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Improvement, based on CRCT results:
GIVE Center East
GIVE Center West

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17 from GCPS tapped as 'High Performance Principals'
Seventeen Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) principals were honored by Gov. Sonny Perdue and State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox this year as “High Performance Principals.” The designation is based on student assessment data, longevity of the principal leading the school, and a recommendation from his or her school system.

Gwinnett's 2008 High Performance Principals
Margaret Ackerman of Patrick ES
(Recognized for previous leadership
at Meadowcreek ES)

Laurie Allison of Lovin ES
(Recognized for previous leadership
at J.A. Alford ES)

Cindy Antrim of McKendree ES

Dr. Craig Barlow of Riverside ES

Jackie Beasley of Teaching and Learning
(Recognized for previous leadership
at Lilburn ES)

Pat Blenke of Duluth HS
(Retired)

Dr. Charles “Buck” Buchanan
of Parkview HS

John Campbell of Frank N. Osborne MS
Dr. Valerie Clark of
Central Gwinnett HS

Michelle Farmer of Puckett's Mill ES
(Recognized for previous leadership
at R.D. Head ES)

Nancy Morrison of Walnut Grove ES
(Recognized for previous leadership
at Bethesda ES)

Kathy Jones of Camp Creek ES

Mary Ray of Craig ES
(Retired)

Terry Watlington of Kanoheda ES

Bron Gayna Schmit of Simpson ES

Jane Stegall of Brookwood HS
(Retired)

Vivian Stranahan of Mulberry ES
(Recognized for previous leadership
at Shiloh ES)

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Three GCPS media centers honored by state
Three GCPS media programs have been named “Exemplary Media Centers” for their staffs' work in supporting students and teachers with information resources. The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) recognized these schools and media specialists: Kim Thames of Meadowcreek ES; Mary Donovan, Julie Hatcher, and Cheryl Spotts of Mill Creek HS; and Jim Stewart and Carla Youmans of North Gwinnett HS. The centers were selected based on the roles they play in helping the school meet school improvement goals and improve student achievement.

"To have three schools recognized for their exemplary media program is an honor for Gwinnett,” says Faye Curlee, director, Media Services and Technology Training. “GCPS media centers are the largest classrooms in the school, and media specialists are committed to creating an inviting, stimulating environment and to planning with instructional staff to provide effective educational experiences for students.”

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Dr. Green recognized by state educators

Dr. Green receives the award from Tracie Fleming at the GAEL conference
In Gwinnett, educators who model world-class standards are the norm, rather than the exception. Dr. John Green is one of those educators and he was recently honored by the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) as its “Outstanding Educator” for his contributions and accomplishments as principal of North Gwinnett HS. Dr. John Green currently serves GCPS as Area V Superintendent. Click here to learn more about Dr. Green's honor.

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Georgia PTA honors Gwinnett schools

The partnership between Gwinnett’s parents, students, and educators is key to thriving learning communities. Gwinnett County Public Schools was recognized with 20 awards from the Georgia Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for work during the 2007-08 school year. Individuals earning awards include the following:

Outstanding Principals, Elementary
Chris Emsley of Duncan Creek ES, 1st place
Beverly Todd-Lee, retired from W.C. Britt ES, 2nd place

Outstanding Principals, High
Berry Simmons for leadership at South Gwinnett HS, 2nd place

Outstanding School Nurse
Pam Harris and Peggy Tim of R.D. Head ES

Local School PTAs earning awards include Camp Creek ES, Cedar Hill ES, Collins Hill HS, Craig ES, Grayson ES, Jackson ES, Mulberry ES, and Margaret Winn Holt ES.

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GCPS art teachers recognized by state art association
Gwinnett's art educators are helping students to make creative connections in the classroom... and gaining statewide notice for it. The Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) recognized the following GCPS staff members: Debi West of North Gwinnett HS was named 2009 Georgia Art Educator of the Year; Loria Crews of Five Forks MS was named 2009 GAEA Middle School Art Educator of the Year; and Aimée Burgamy of Trickum MS was presented the 2009 GAEA Outstanding National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor Award.

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56 Gwinnett schools recognized
as Green and Healthy Schools

More than half of GCPS' schools have earned Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's Environmental Achievement Award, which recognizes schools for documenting their planning and implementation of environmental programs, practices, and education efforts in seven specific earth-friendly areas: waste reduction, education and stewardship, water conservation and watershed protection, air quality, energy conservation, beautification and green space preservation, and community outreach.
A total of 56 schools were recognized for their commitment to thinking, acting, and achieving green in their learning communities during the 2007-08 school year. The organization honored 41 schools for renewing their existing Environmental Achievement Awards as Taking Action Green and Healthy Schools, the second highest level of the Green and Healthy Schools program. Fifteen schools earned an Excellence in Environmental Education banner as Reaching High Green & Healthy Schools, the highest level in the program.
Reaching High
Green and Healthy Schools
Taking Action Green and Healthy Schools
Arcado ES
Cedar Hill ES
Chattahoochee ES
W.J. Cooper ES
Craig ES
J.G. Dyer ES
Grayson ES
Lanier MS
Level Creek ES
McKendree ES
Parsons ES
Patrick ES
Pinckneyville MS
R.D. Head ES
Rebecca Minor ES
Annistown ES
B.B. Harris ES
Beaver Ridge ES
Bethesda ES
W.C. Britt ES
Brookwood HS
Camp Creek ES
Charles Brant Chesney ES
Collins Hill HS
Alton C. Crews MS
Dacula ES
Duluth MS
Duncan Creek ES
Five Forks MS
Fort Daniel ES
Freeman's Mill ES
Gwin Oaks ES
Ivy Creek ES
Knight ES
Lovin ES
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES
J.C. Magill ES
Maxwell HS
Mill Creek HS
Monarch School
Norcross HS
Peachtree ES
Peachtree Ridge HS
Pharr ES
J.E. Richards MS
Riverside ES
Rockbridge ES
Rock Springs ES
Shiloh MS
Simonton ES
Simpson ES
Sugar Hill ES
Sweetwater MS
Sycamore ES
K.E. Taylor ES
Margaret Winn Holt ES

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GCPS staff, students 'Live United' through
contributions to United Way campaign

First Person: 2-1-1 hotline serves residents in need

Rachel Ernst of J.P. McConnell MS, a school campaign coordinator, shared her experience with accessing United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline, which provides 24-hour assistance to citizens in need.

One recent evening, a man knocked on the Ernst family's door. He said he had run out of gas and asked for money. Mr Ernst offered to drive the man to a nearby gas station and help take some gas to his car.

When Mr. Ernst returned, he explained that the man had lost his job and his home had been lost to foreclosure. The man's wife, two young children, and all of their belongings were in the car. Ms. Ernst insisted that her husband go back out to find the family, who had relocated to a store parking lot. The family followed Mr. Ernst home, but Ms. Ernst wasn't sure how they could help.

"Then, it hit me," she says. "I had my United Way 2-1-1 card in my wallet from the United Way meeting at J.P. McConnell MS."

With a call to United Way, the displaced family was able to get into temporary housing and the children were able to return to school. Every contribution that United Way receives helps to work miracles for families and individuals in crisis.

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United Way's 2-1-1 services.
The impact of the nation's financial crisis on Gwinnett families couldn’t be more evident. Local charities are seeing record requests for food and financial assistance from families who have been hit by job losses, homelessness, and life’s uncertainties. As many agencies have found the benefits of banding together with coordinated efforts to aid these families, there’s no better time to support this year’s United Way campaign theme and “Live United” for our neighbors and fellow citizens.

The 2008 United Way fundraising campaign for Gwinnett aims to raise $4.7 million for community programs, and of that, GCPS’ fundraising goal is $577,289 for programs here in the county. During October, every GCPS employee has the opportunity to participate in the United Way campaign. Many school communities also will conduct student campaigns.

“When we extend ourselves to support this year’s United Way campaign, we become living examples of Gwinnett’s spirit of unity when it comes to making a difference to people in need," says Human Resources' Kelly Herndon, who co-chairs the GCPS campaign with Jean Walker of Curriculum and Instruction. “With the commitment of 100% participation from GCPS employees, we stand together for the importance of supporting families and encouraging parents’ efforts to be actively engaged with their students.”

With your help, United Way is ensuring that…
    • Children are ready to start school as active learners;
    • Hard-working families have access to community resources through contacting 2-1-1; and
    • People at risk are successfully coping and living independently.
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Honors
    • Parkview HS MJROTC— designated a Naval Honors School by the Commanding General, Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va. Cpt. Modesto Silverio (USMC Ret.) and GySgt David Erwin serve as instructors.
    • Andrew Hudson of Collins Hill HS— named Eastbay National Cross Country Coach of the Week by the editors of DyeStat.com.
    • The following GCPS educators were selected to exhibit their art work in the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) Juried Members’ Exhibit at the 2008 GAEA Professional Learning Conference: Vickie A. Johnson of Central Gwinnett HS, Karen Campbell of Collins Hill HS, Zane Brock of Harmony ES, Sue Grigalunas of J.C. Magill ES, Lauren Christine Phillips of Norcross ES, Debi West of North Gwinnett HS, Dallas Gillespie of Frank N. Osborne MS, and Eleanor Neal of Shiloh High.
    • Cassandra Matthews of Nesbit ES— received the 2008-09 Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education Award from the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE).
    • Jorge Quintana of Communication and Media Relations— received the Media Award from the Georgia School Nutrition Association for supporting Gwinnett's child nutrition programs.
    • Laura Droms of Grayson HS— selected as Georgia Student Council Advisor of the Year and Grayson HS was selected as the President School for the state of Georgia.
    • Catherine Garcia-Brake of Academic Support— received the School Social Worker of the Year Award from the School Social Workers Association of Georgia. Ms. Garcia-Brake represents District 9 and serves schools in the Berkmar Cluster. She will represent the district at state competition in the spring.
    • Eleanor Neal of Shiloh HS— selected as the winner of the Elizabeth Catlett Printmaking Award from the 2008 New Power Generation Juried Art Exhibition at Hampton University. Ms. Neal’s award was also mentioned in African American Art Review Magazine.
    • Dr. Jacqueline Huffman of North Gwinnett HS— received the Crystal Apple Award from the University of Georgia College of Education Office of Research and External Affairs.
    • Sean Casey of Berkmar MS— selected to be the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s News for Kids Teacher of the Year recipient.
    • Terrone Owens of Meadowcreek HS— selected as the Atlanta Falcons Coach of the Week. The Atlanta Falcons also made a $1,000 contribution to the Meadowcreek HS football program.
    • The Atlanta Toyota Scholarship Program recognized the following GCPS staff members as Atlanta Toyota Scholarship Program honorees in the late spring: Alicia Webb of Berkmar HS, Libby Atwell of Brookwood HS (retired), Bruce Young of Central Gwinnett HS, Laura Herbig of Collins Hill HS, Heather Young of Dacula HS, Linda Koch of Duluth MS, Veronica Crawford of Grayson HS, Dr. Marietta Malone of Meadowcreek HS, Dr. Lori Bowen of Mill Creek HS, Angela Cronon of Norcross HS, Tamaiko Chappell of North Gwinnett HS, Jennifer Newton of Parkview HS, Luann Kosa of Richard Hull MS, Denise Hartzell of Phoenix HS, Dale Grant of Annistown ES, and Donna Rothell of South Gwinnett HS.
    • Becky Raffalovich of Phoenix HS— won first place in the adult category of the My Atlanta art competition.
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Student/Team Honors
    • Collins Hill HS Screamin’ Eagle Band, directed by Richard Marshall and Ryan Bybee selected as a Super Regional Finalist, finishing in 8th place from a field of 56 bands competing in the Bands of America Super Regional Championships.
    • Congratulations to the following communities for 64 winning student entries in the 2008 International Student Media Festival: Berkmar HS, Brookwood HS, Collins Hill HS, Creekland MS, Alton C. Crews MS, Dacula ES, Duluth HS, Gwin Oaks ES, Richard Hull MS, Level Creek ES, Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES, Maxwell HS of Technology, Meadowcreek HS, Rebecca Minor ES, North Gwinnett HS, Frank N. Osborne MS, Parkview HS, Parsons ES, Peachtree ES, Pharr ES, Phoenix HS, Pinckneyville MS, Riverside ES, Simpson ES, and Snellville MS.
    • Congratulations to these communities, student-athletes, and coaches for AAAAA state athletic championships late in the 2007-08 school year: the Collins Hill HS Girls Track Team, coached by Andrew Hudson; the Brookwood HS Baseball Team, coached by Rick Howard; and the Parkview HS Girls Soccer Team, coached by Judson Hamby.
    • Lanier MS Percussion Ensemble, directed by Hunter McRae— invited to perform at the 62nd Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
    • Mill Creek HS— hosted a visit by The Lord Lieutenancy of Greater London, The Honorable Roger Bramble, and Executive Director Robert Bone and Mrs. Geraldine Bone. The Lord Lieutenancy of Greater London represented Queen Elizabeth II in extending an invitation to the Mill Creek HS band to perform at the 2010 London New Year’s Day Parade and Festival.
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Degrees
    • Dr. Vicki Dobbs of Dacula HS— earned a doctoral degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.
    • Dr. Shanti Howard of J.E. Richards MS— earned a doctoral degree in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi.
    • Rodney Born of South Gwinnett HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Loria Crews of Five Forks MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Leadership and Administration from Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Tina Heckler of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Kate Hoppenrath of Shiloh HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia.
    • Aline Harrington of Harbins ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern University.
    • Karen Burton Garner of J.P. McConnell MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Technology/School Library Media from the University of Georgia.
    • Nancy Glenn of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Michelle Largent of Curriculum and Instruction— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia.
    • Kim Mankin of Peachtree Ridge HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Administration and Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Deigh Martin of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Edilynn Miner of J.P. McConnell MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
    • Monya Phillips of Five Forks MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Kathy Poitevint of Dacula MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Ryan Queen of South Gwinnett HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Michael Radnovich of GIVE Center East— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Marlene Reilly of Centerville ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Administration and Supervision, Educational Leadership, and Professional Studies from the University of West Georgia.
    • Elliott Rogers of Dacula HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Maile Steimer of Glenn C. Jones MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia.
    • Jackie Tison of Dacula HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Christy Williams of Harbins ES— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
    • Heather Williams of Dacula HS— earned a specialist’s degree in Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
    • Tennille Wilson of J.P. McConnell MS— earned a specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
    • Melanie Cain of Harbins ES— earned a master’s degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
    • Jim Carter of Harbins ES— earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
    • Amy Crook of Harbins ES— earned a master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
    • Gina Garrett of Harbins ES— earned a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.
    • Sandra Hefner of Harbins ES— earned a master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
    • Clark Malone of Beaver Ridge ES—earned a master’s degree in Inclusive Education from Kennesaw State University.
    • Sally Manaois of Harbins ES— earned a master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
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Presentations
    • Yanira Alfonso of G.H. Hopkins ES— presented “Changing Their World at Home and at School: A Sight Words Project, Meeting the Needs of Struggling Readers and English Language Learners, Integrating Power Point and Wave Files” at the Peru Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL) convention, in Trujillo Peru. Ms. Alfonso was the recipient of the GA TESOL Travel Award to fund the trip. Ms. Alfonso also made the presentation at the Learning Festival at West Georgia University and at GCPS' Summer Leadership Conference.
    • Pat Allison and Beth Arnow of Curriculum and Instruction— presented “WIDA, ACCESS, and Academic Content: A Winning Combination for ELLs” at the Illinois Conference for Teachers of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners.
    • Angie Bennett, Crystie Flynt, and Lisa Lang, all of Curriculum and Instruction— presented “Active Engagement in Building Early Literacy Success” at the International Reading Association conference.
    • Ronald Lewis of Norcross ES and Lawanna Lewis of Henry Partee ES— presented the following topics at the Central Alabama Regional In-Service Center at Alabama State University: Helping Socially and Economically Deprived Children to Develop a Whole-self Concept in the Content Areas,” Teacher Collaboration Initiatives that Help Actualize Effective Schools,” “Wake Up Parents in Your Community,” Helping Students to Contribute to their Own Greatness,” and “Guided Reading Can Be So Much FUN… If You Try It.”
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Publications
    • Beth Arnow and Dr. Victoria Webbert of Curriculum and Instruction— cited in an article about Leadership Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning by C. Coombe, M.L. McCloskey, L. Stephenson, and N.J. Anderson.
    • Judy Schilling of Norcross HS— featured in the article, “Racing Against Time,” by Joetta Sack-Min in the American School Board Journal.
    • Karen Burnette Garner of Curriculum and Instruction— wrote the poem, “Corner Store,” which was published in Reach of Song, an annual anthology of poetry published by the Georgia Poetry Society.
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Participants
    • Beth Arnow of Curriculum and Instruction and Dr. Gwen Tatum of Shiloh HS— invited to participate in the Oxford Roundtable in England. Ms. Arnow served as discussion leader at the “Oxford Roundtable on Proficiency in Language: Bilingual Education” and “English Language Acquisition: An Interdisciplinary Perspective,” and Dr. Tatum participated in "Balancing National and State Curricula: Trends and Choices."
    • Kristen Gwaltney of Lilburn ES— performed in Berlin, Germany, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Orchestra.
    • GCPS' School Nutrition Program and Berkmar MS— featured on CNN's 'Fit Nation' segment discussing the rising popularity of GCPS' vegetarian meal selections.
    • Keith Hampton of Sweetwater MS— selected to participate in the Northrop Grumman Foundation Weightless Flights of Discovery program for math and science teachers.
    • Cathie Hudnall of Brookwood HS— named to serve on the national curriculum committee of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
    • The following principals were selected to participate in Leadership Gwinnett: Dr. Nancy Kiel of Level Creek ES, Terry Watlington of Kanoheda ES, and Dr. Dot Schoeller of Simonton ES.
    • The following principals were recognized in the 2008-09 Teachers As Leaders (TAL) class: Dr. Jackie Ashmore of J.A. Alford ES, Suzanne Bross of Benefield ES, Jennifer Covington of Bethesda ES, Hyun Cho of Camp Creek ES, Kerri Schmitz of Corley ES, Dr. Lydia Patrick of Craig ES, Tracey Casey of Creekland MS, Jennifer Burley of Duluth MS, Kari Parlier of Duncan Creek ES, Marisa Kana of Grayson ES, Jill Landtroop of Grayson HS Technical Education Program, Amy Crook of Harbins ES, Joann Morse of R.D. Head ES, Adrienne Tedesco of G.H. Hopkins ES, Debbie Cornelison of Ivy Creek ES, Nikole Davis of Glenn C. Jones MS, Michelle Busby of Kanoheda ES, Tori Loke of Lanier MS, Derrielle Morris of Lawrenceville ES, Kara Taylor of Level Creek ES, Gerin Hennebaul of Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES, Andrea Fowler of J.P. McConnell MS, Nicolle Higgins of Meadowcreek ES, Amanda Chanco of Meadowcreek HS, Christian Garcia of Mill Creek HS, Heather Watkins of Mulberry ES, Carla Bland of Nesbit ES, Crystal Johnson of Norcross ES, James Glenn of Norcross HS, Marie Vidal of North Gwinnett HS, Tom Myers of Peachtree Ridge HS, Danyel Dollard of Louise Radloff MS, Chekquita Collins of J.E. Richards MS, Dr. Judy Stephenson of Riverside ES, Brian Baron of Shiloh HS, Christina Burns of Sycamore ES, Blair Binion of Trickum MS, and Andrea Colglazier of Walnut Grove ES.
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Grants
    • Gwinnett County Public Schools— awarded a $126,000 Driver Education grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant will allow for the purchase of driving simulators for each of the community schools and the system’s three new high schools.
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